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Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge The refuge, which recently reopened to tourists, is currently home to almost a million nesting pairs of albatrosses (Layson and black-footed), the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and Laysan ducks. It is also one of the only places in the U.S. that you can see the "golden gooney," or short-tailed albatross. The 5-mile-diameter atoll and its surrounding waters also host incredible marine life, including sea turtles, spinner dolphins, five shark species and more than 260 fish species. --Wayne Sentman, Boston, Mass. Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times
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