Solomon Islands are located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, 1,500 miles west of Fiji. They are a premier dive destination, featuring walls, WWII wrecks, reefs, pinnacles, and interesting night diving, with one of the highest diversities of coral anywhere in the world. There are over 500 species of corals, 1,159 species of reef fish, and an abundance of cetaceans. The reefs are under pressure from human impacts like pollution, overfishing and climate change. The Solomon Islands Wildlife Protection and Management and other agencies are working hard to protect marine turtles from exploitation and use in cultural and traditional purposes. Ornaments such as rings, bangles and earrings made from turtle shells are sold in local markets. Other organizations such as The Nature Conservancy continue to work in concert with the Solomon Islands Government and local and international agencies. They work to assess, manage, protect and preserve the Solomon Islands marine biological diversity and resources.
Music: Pure Spirits of the Forest by James Horner, One Last Message by Andrew Lockington.