The Lagoons of New Caledonia
New Caledonia has over 23,400 km2 of lagoons and 8,000 km of reef structures, in a network representing one of the world’s largest and most diverse reef formations. Inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2008, the Lagoons of New Caledonia are made up of six marine clusters broadly representing the full diversity of New Caledonian coral reefs and ecosystems. The total site area, the largest reef system in the world, is 1,574,313 ha and comprises almost 60% of New Caledonia’s lagoons and coral reefs. The New Caledonian archipelago is located close to the world centre of coral biodiversity. It contains 5,055 marine species, including 1,695 fish, 841 crustaceans, 14 sea snakes, 4 turtles and 22 marine mammals. The cetaceans recorded include the blue whale, Rudolphi's whale and the great sperm whale, etc. The population of dugongs found in New Caledonia is the largest in Oceania and the third largest in the world. Finally, New Caledonia is an important site for birds with 105 species recorded, including 23 not found anywhere else. 50% of the world population of Pacific puffins and caped noddies are found there for example. Jaeger-LeCoultre is seeking your suggestions for a design on the theme of the Lagoons of New Caledonia to be engraved on the back of a Reverso Grande Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 in steel. If your proposed engraving is selected by our jury, you will have the chance to win a Reverso Grande Taille in steel, customised with your initials. Jaeger-LeCoultre invites you to discover the photo essays and videos on the lagoons of New Caledonia from 27th June on The New York Times website.