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Reef Walking on Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Lord Howe Island’s extreme isolation and relatively late discovery by humans has preserved much of its pristine landscape and spectacular wildlife. Located roughly 450 miles northeast of Sydney, the island was first discovered by the British Royal Navy in 1788. Unlike many other Pacific island groups, the flora and fauna of Lord Howe were able to evolve undisturbed by humans well into modern history. While some of the endemic species have been gobbled up or driven off by a persistent rat population – descendants of the stowaways from a 19th century shipwreck – much biodiversity remains, including the Lord Howe land lobster, recently rediscovered on the neighboring volcanic stack known as Ball’s Pyramid. In recognition of its “spectacular topography and…numerous endemic species,” the Lord Howe Island group was inducted into UNESCO’s World Heritage ranks in 2007.

Naturalist in residence Ian Hutton leads eco-tours to explores the island’s many natural wonders.

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