Species and Migrations

of the CNMI


Sea Turtles
All sea turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Common Name Scientific Name ESA Listing Status

  • Central West Pacific Green Turtle: Chelonia mydas Endangered
  • Hawksbill Turtle: Eretmochelys imbricata Endangered
  • Leatherback Turtle: Dermochelys coriacea Endangered
  • North Pacific Loggerhead Turtle: Caretta caretta Endangered
  • Olive Ridley Turtle: Lepidochelys olivacea Endangered

Fishes and Coral

You will love that most of Myanmar’s dive sites are so remote and undiscovered when you get underwater and witness both a great density and variety of marine life. Indeed, not only will you find lots of pelagic species on the open ocean sites, but also macro creatures to look for on coral formations.

Shark lovers will be happy to know they might cross paths with oceanic white and black tips sharks, nurse sharks, grey oceanic sharks, and even leopard sharks. Of course, the gentle giant, whale shark, is also spotted on some sites during the plankton season between February and May.

  • Indo-West Pacific Scalloped Hammerhead Shark Sphyrna lewini Threatened
  • Oceanic Whitetip Shark Carcharhinus longimanus Threatened
  • Giant Manta Ray Manta birostris Threatened
  • Oceanic Whitetip Shark Carcharhinus longimanus Threatened


Listed coral species in the Myanmar are threatened under the ESA. This list represents the best available information on species presence at this time but could change as additional information becomes available.

  • Coral Seriatopora aculeata Threatened
  • Coral Acropora globiceps Threatened
  • Coral Acropora retusa Threatened
  • Giant Clams Tridacna derasa Candidate
  • Giant Clams Tridacna squamosa Candidate
  • Giant Clams Tridacna gigas Candidate
  • Giant Clams Hippopus hippopus Candidate
  • Pacific Coral Proposed and Critical Habitat

More Information, Find A Species and learn more about their biology and population status, where they live, the threats they face, and how we are conserving and studying each species.

And Many More Species Come Visit Soon!