Moorea, French Polynesia

Cubic Foot of Reef

Filmed/edited for: National Geographic Magazine (published Feb 2010)
Producer: David Liittschwager (Natl Geo photographer)
Location: Moorea, French Polynesia
Featured: video supplement on National Geographic Magazine website (see Moorea section)
How much biodiversity lives in a cubic foot? That is the question National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager set out to answer on his One Cubic Foot project. He travels to Moorea, a small island in French Polynesia, to study and photograph the diversity in a cubic foot of coral reef, working alongside world class geneticists from the Smithsonian Institution’s Biocode Project. Exquisitely colored reef fishes, fantastic crabs and squat lobsters, tiny snails, marine worms, a tiny transparent octopus- the list is nearly endless of what is found in this one cubic foot. (2010, 2:15 min)