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  • Marianas

    About 85 feet down, inside the crevasse of a submerged volcano in Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, a bubble coral extends poisonous "sweeper" tentacles to push away competitors.

  • Marianas

    The trouble with tribbles: this confidently cute sea cucumber gets ugly when harassed by predators, bathing them in mucus.

  • Marianas

    Saipan's Grotto, where a jungle cenote drains through caves and narrow passages into the ocean.

  • Marianas

    Glen Smith gets the ultimate slow food on Pagan island, where Japanese war planes lie in the weeds, trees growing through their wings.

  • Marianas

    Fan coral in the clear waters of the Marianas, where few islands have been catalogued by divers.

  • Marianas

    With meat like lobster, coconut crabs are overfished in the Marianas--but turned out to be prolific in the protected monument region.

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    Hernan Tudela, a Chamorro critic of the marine monument, teaches his son to use a throw net at Lau Lau beach, Saipan.

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    A midsummer eclipse envelopes Maug.

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    In Saipan, crime reports often describe robbers taking cash from a shop keeper—and as much SPAM as they could carry.

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