Archive | January, 2011

Marine Invertebrate of the Week: Marine Snails

Both of these marine invertebrates are considered marine snails in the phylum Mollusca and class Gastropoda. Most marine snails have spiral shells and are commonly collected for their shells. Cowries are very unique in that their mantles will expand and cover the entire shell, which keeps the shell nice and shiny! With such a beautiful […]

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Great Barracuda

Melodie Grafstrom took the Fish ID Class a few months ago and last week she spotted this Great Barracuda off of Sans Souci Beach. The barracuda was about 20 inches in length! Great Barracuda can actually grow up to 6ft, however, they are usually much smaller in the Hawaiian Islands. A few times during the […]

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Smile for the Camera!

I found this cute Bullethead Rockskipper in 3 feet of water on the Ewa side of the MLCD!  These little guys are easy to miss!

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Hidden treasure

I don’t know how Randall and Hoover get their good shots, but when I’m peering into the cauliflower coral looking for Speckled Scorpionfish hiding there, this is how they look to me.  They’re common in the MLCD, so find a coral head and check them out.  And here are a few other friends I encountered […]

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Congratulations to the winners of the Winter REEF Fest Challenge!

The class and survey went well today. During the survey, I encountered an octopus, box jellyfish and a huge great barracuda! Of course, I did not have a camera so you all will have to trust me 🙂 I handed out prizes to a few of the winners of the Winter REEF Fest Challenge. If […]

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the Winter REEF Fest Finale is on!

We have a green light for the events today. Everything will go as planned. The weather looks nice and sunny so let the fish festivities begin!

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Tomorrow’s events

Make sure to check the blog before you head down to the beach tomorrow, as we will post whether or not the events will be postponed due to weather. Right now, the weather looks like it should be fine! Here is the schedule of events and details: LOCATION: Queen’s Beach near lifeguard tower 2F WHAT […]

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Coral and Limu Study Cards

New study materials for corals and limu have been added to the Coral and Limu Watch page.  Check them out! Coral Cards Algae Cards If you are planning to volunteer with us for the benthic surveys, we highly recommend looking over these study guides before you volunteer with us.  It’s not mandatory, but it will help you […]

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CANCELED: Benthic Habitat Survey for Jan. 12

The benthic survey that was scheduled for 9am this morning is canceled.  With the coming storm and the heavy rain, the clarity of the water would not make for an easy survey!  The next survey is scheduled for Monday, January 17th (State Holiday) from 9am-Noon, if the weather holds up!  We apologize for the late […]

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Warm sunny weather makes for a good survey day

I want to give a big “Mahalo” to Cassidy, Devon and Rachel for helping me complete two benthic habitat surveys. The visibility was not the best, but the water temperature and weather were much nicer this time. In addition, the coral size and frequency survey was completed so quickly, that I think it is time […]

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