People frolic beside the Pacific Amusement Park as the sun sets on Santa Monica beach, California. The pier, which will soon celebrate its 100th year, has been the setting for films such as The Sting, Forrest Gump and Iron Man.
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A grey reef shark is seen riding the incoming tide, to conserve energy, at Blue Corner, off Koror, in the small Pacific island nation of Palau. Palau created the world’s first shark sanctuary in 2009 and the move has been so successful that plans are now underway to completely ban commercial fishing in the island nation’s vast ocean territory by 2018.
A boy covered in reef-mud stands with other boys in the village of Ambo on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati . Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies.