Surrounded by the 5,000-metre-deep Banda Sea, the Banda Islands are a marine wilderness area of great ecological significance. They are part of the migration route of the blue whale, and a meeting point for pelagic predators such as hammerhead sharks and bluefin tuna. Some of the most colourful and diverse coral reef systems are found here, and have demonstrated a unique resilience.
“The beta-diversity in Banda’s reefs is really high,” explains marine researcher Marieke Huhn, co-founder of Banda-based Luminocean. “This means that you don’t just find a high number of species across all reefs, but that each reef hosts a similarly high number of species. High diversity is always a good indicator for resilience.”
Read more in the The Banda Islands: Hidden Histories and Miracles of Nature. To order a copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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*image by Angelo Germidis