Except for a few wide-ranging seabirds and marine fishes most of Samoa’s biota is strikingly different from that of all other U.S. National Parks. The only native land mammals are three bat species. For a newcomer from the ‘mainland’ this national park will likely present a bewildering array of paleo-tropical plants, forest birds, reef fishes and corals. Before your visit browse this web site for the park checklists of plants and animals (the corals and marine fishes pages are profusely illustrated).
Did You Know?
During the warm months of the southern hemisphere, Samoa’s humpback whales feed in the rich Antarctica waters, 3,200 miles to the south. When Antarctic's bitter winter sets in, humpbacks seek warmer waters, migrating northward, towards Australia and Tonga. At least some migrate onward to Samoa.