Starting the Search for Underwater Giants in the Solomon Sea

Panorama of the MV Fair Glory passenger ferry and Honiara harbor in the Solomon Islands. Photograph by Andrea Reid.

Even the best laid plans go astray. After one year of planning in every conceivable way—the two of us camped out in backyards, in cafes, on campus, on planes and trains—we finally felt as prepared as we could be to visit a place neither of us had ever been, to study a fish neither of us had ever seen. Every expedition has its misadventures, and ours came on day two of our travels.

Panorama of the MV Fair Glory passenger ferry and Honiara harbor in the Solomon Islands. (Photo by Andrea Reid)

We left -30°C weather in Toronto (that’s -22°F for all you American readers) and headed for the Solomon Islands, a small island nation in the South Pacific that’s 3,280 km (2,040 miles) northeast of Australia. The first leg of our journey went according to plan: We, and our gear, made it safely across the continent. It wasn’t until checking in for our flight to the capital of Honiara, routed through Fiji, that we learned of the travel ban between our carrier, Fiji Airways, and the Solomon Islands. The ban rerouted us through Brisbane, Australia, for three days as we waited for the next available flight to our rarely trafficked —> Read More Here

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