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Bokissa Private Island Resort Coral Reef 5 - Stock image C19442

Just off the southeast coast of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu   Bokissa Private Island Resort has set aside all of the island except for the immediate resort grounds and surrounding the marine areas as a protected nature reserve. The owners and guests treasure the natural beauty of the coral reefs and the rain forest.This is one of a series of coral reef sphere images that I took in February of 2008. It was a real challenge as I am a coral reef biologist and wanted to be able to record the beauty of the living coral reefs. People talk and talk about the continuing decline of the coral reefs but often the general public thinks this is a problem for the future. But it has been happening for a long time and I have personally witnessed this decline in the 55 years I have been an active diver. Reefs like this one are to be cherished and protected - and photographed so people in the future can see what our tropical seas once looked like and ponder the depths of our current environmental stupidity.Underwater scenic images have always been a problem because of the limited visibility. Even wide angle fish-eye photos don t convey the charm and mystique of diving on vibrantly alive coral reefs. The sphere images at last capture the beauty of the coral reefs in an interactive way - so when you look straight down it really does give the feeling of seeing the corals just like you were viewing them in person through your face mask - neither distorted grotesquely by a fish-eye lens or limited in where you can look. For a high resolution virtual tour of Vanuatu from space to the coral reefs take the Rocket Guide to Vanuatu. - Stock image Richard Chesher (360Cities)
GPS Position Bokissa Private Island Resort Coral Reef 5;
Latitude: -15 deg 35' 12.025347396" S
Longitude: 167 deg 14' 35.054168712" N

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Author: Richard Chesher (360Cities)

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