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Introducing ... Tetiaroa Nature Notes

We have decided to replace our Organism of the Month article with the more inclusive title of Tetiaroa Nature Notes, and broadening our scope to include a wide variety of natural history topics. And of course, we would be happy to take suggestions as to topics you would like read about.
Without further ado, we introduce this month’s piece,
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the nature of tetiaroa in the news

What's happening on Tetiaroa: research, conservation, education, and nature.

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French Polynesia is a model for shark conservation as the world’s largest shark sanctuary

In a first-of-its-kind study published in Nature, scientists report on the conservation status of reef shark populations worldwide. The results are grim; reef sharks have become rare at numerous locations that used to be prime habitat, and in some cases sharks may be absent altogether. A long history of human exploitation is the culprit, with depleted shark populations strongly tied to socio-economic conditions, lack of governance and the proximity of reef environments to large human…

In the 1960s, Marlon Brando fell in love with Tetiaroa - as well as his on-screen love interest - while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in Tahiti, prompting him to purchase the island and spend years working to understand and protect it.
But, Brando wasn’t the first to recognize Teti'aroa’s exquisite natural beauty.

Recent findings from Dr. Guillaume Molle, an Australian National University archaeologist, reveal the strongest evidence yet that the island was the exclusive preserve of the Tahitian chiefly family in the 18th century, thus confirming oral traditions and early…

Tetiaroa Atoll serves as a living laboratory for the restoration of terrestrial and marine ecosystems throughout French Polynesia.

Tetiaroa Atoll is famously known not only for its connection to Marlon Brando, but also for its incredible biodiversity. The atoll is made up of 12 islets or motus, which host a diverse array of wildlife, including critical nesting habitat for French Polynesia’s seabirds and Endangered Green Sea Turtles. Beyond the tropical forests and sandy beaches lies one of the world’s most secluded and near-pristine coral reef ecosystems. But…

Maybe, but only if we protect them.

In this recent Forbes article, Development Economist Nishan Degnarain explores the need to protect deep ocean ecosystems from seabed mining so that we have time to better understand them and the potential they hold for medical and industrial applications.

And, it turns out, coral reefs may help with addressing the pandemic coronavirus, COVID-19.

Education is a vital component of Tetiaroa Society’s mission. In our Education Program we use the island of Tetiaroa as a classroom for local and international students and community groups to teach about the natural and cultural heritage of the island and about the importance of sustainability.

Photo: Guide Herehia Sanford teaching Virginie Poly how to weave a fa'ari'i…

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