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To go with Palau-conservation-animal-sha...To go with Palau-conservation-animal-shark-oceans,FEATURE by Neil Sands  In this undated handout photograph received from Richard W. Brooks on August 27, 2014, a grey reef shark (C) 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. AFP PHOTO / Richard W. Brooks  --- EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / RICHARD W. BROOKS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVESRichard W. Brooks/AFP/Getty Images

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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. 

This photo taken on July 29, 2014 shows ...This photo taken on July 29, 2014 shows traditional dancers performing at the opening night of the 45th Pacific Islands Forum in the Palau city of Koror.  Pacific island leaders of the 15 nations represented at the Pacific Islands Forum will renew calls this week for meaningful action on climate change at the regional summit, amid fears rising seas will swamp their low-lying nations.

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Traditional dancers perform at the opening night of the 45th Pacific Islands Forum in the Palau city of Koror. Pacific island leaders of the 15 nations represented at the Pacific Islands Forum will renew calls this week for meaningful action on climate change at the regional summit, amid fears rising seas will swamp their low-lying nations. 

A Maori in traditional clothing performs during the inauguration of the garden "Te Putake" dedicated to Maori culture in Les Jardins Fruitiers (fruit gardens) on May 30, 2013 in Laquenexy, eastern France. The garden is the first outside of New Zealand to be dedicated to the Maori culture.

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A Maori man performs during the inauguration of the “Te Putake” garden dedicated to Maori culture in Les Jardins Fruitiers (fruit gardens) in Laquenexy, eastern France on Thursday. The garden is the first outside of New Zealand to be dedicated to the Maori culture. 

Julia Gillard Visits Papua New Guinea - Day 2...PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - MAY 10:  Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses for photographers with students from Marianville girls secondary school on May 10, 2013 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The three-day visit is a chance for the two nations to strengthen economic ties, with talks being held on key issues including, trade, military defense, and the controversial Australian detention center on Manus Island.The trip is the first official visit for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to the Pacific Island Nation and the first visit since former prime minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007.

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses for photographers with students from Marianville girls secondary school on Friday in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The three-day visit is a chance for the two nations to strengthen economic ties, with talks being held on key issues including, trade, military defense and the controversial Australian detention center on Manus Island. The trip is the first official visit for Prime Minister Gillard to the Pacific island nation and the first visit since former Prime Minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007.