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 northern summers, three shorebirds--plover, turnstone, and tattler--nest in Alaska and northern Canada. After nesting, they fly non-stop over 3,000 miles of open ocean to Hawaii. After briefly resting there, they continue another 2,500 miles to American Samoa. The round-trip journey each year is 11,000 miles!