Palolo

PhD research on Samoa's treasured palolo and climate change

At a certain time each year, sometimes-twice-a-year, masses of spaghetti-like strands rise to the surface of the sea. 

Its late night to early morning arrival usually takes place on a moonlit night at a time usually predicted by those who follow the lunar calendar. Palolo's arrival marks the start of an anciently practiced fishing tradition, warmly welcomed with the celebratory sounds of Samoa, that traditionally saw people dressed and scented to signal something very special.