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Yvon Chouinard tags a Moi at the Oceanic Institute as practice for tagging Bonefish in Palmyra.

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The One World Journeys website does not come from some fancy studio, as it would have only five years ago. Now because of Internet magic, Michael can sit on the bed, his computer propped on a pillow, to edit the website according to information he received from Jade, the Canadian web-site designer working from an apartment in Japan. Neil and Tori in Anacortes, Washington, with Macromedia Flash, posts changes to Denise on Whidbey Island, Washington, who gets help from Kevin in New Jersey. After giving me a quick lesson on using their Sony computers and the new Sony digital camera, Russell and Michael sent me to find Jeff.

Jeff Foott's room was strewn with camera paraphernalia and diving gear: stacks of film; batteries; sophisticated housings with o-ring seals to make cameras waterproof; flash units that look like the plucked eyes of sea monsters. His photographs will capture the world beneath the ocean's surface.

That afternoon, at the Federal Building, we met Jim Maragos and Rob Schallenberger. Jim has been studying coral in Hawaii since 1967. He has been to Palmyra four times. His skin is gold and his hair is gray. He unrolled an aerial, color photograph of Palmyra; his left hand became waves and tides as he passed it over the photograph showing us what the sea does to that island. He told us stories of fish and trees and birds. He speaks coral, as if it is a different language.


One assignment we have from The Nature Conservancy is to catch, tag, and measure bonefish. Yvon Chouinard is signed on to this task. On Friday, after meeting with Arnold Suzumoto, Marine collections manager at the Bishop Museum, we spent a few hours with Fish Biologist, Alan Freidlander, to tag fish called Moi. Yvon got very fast, which is key; the Moi turn from dark gray to white when stressed. Yvon pulled them out of the tank, flipped them onto the plastic board, poked them with the tagger, and dunked them back in the water before they lost their gray.

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