Aarthi's Expedition to French Polynesia

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Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

How do scientists record and study marine life in one of the world's largest shark sanctuaries? Join Fulbright researcher Aarthi as she travels to a remote atoll in French Polynesia to investigate!


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Tetiaroa is a private island with restricted entry. Only guests, staff, and scientists are allowed to visit the atoll. Getting to Tetiaroa involves a long flight and a ferry from Tahiti!

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Meet explorer Aarthi Kannan! Aarthi is currently conducting underwater research in the largest shark sanctuary in the world. How did she get there? Let's ask her!