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What’s Heather Been Up To?

One of our former interns, Heather Hillard, is in Mo’orea!  She’s doing her graduate degree work on corals there.  Check out some photos (and how clear the water is!). Advertisements

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SCUBA at Kahe

Check out these photos from Kahe this past Sunday!  I wish I could SCUBA, but my ears won’t let me!  These are from my boyfriend:

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NWHI Exhibit at the Waikīkī Aquarium

If you haven’t had the chance already, you should take a couple hours out of your day to visit the Waikīkī Aquarium.  Not only is it one of the oldest aquariums in the nation, but it is also well known for growing corals

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Finally…

another of life’s firsts.  First day of school, first crush, and then today after years of trying to spend more time in the ocean than on land … first shark sighting!  It was a white tip reef shark just beyond the groin separating the east and west halves of the MLCD.  It swam within 10 to […]

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Sea Cucumber Poop

Recently, I was lucky to encounter a rare occurrence in the MLCD. While I have encountered sea cucumber “poop” before, until yesterday I had never actually caught one in the act!  Here is a rare photo of a sea cucumber (Actinopyga mauritiana) excreting. Sea cucumbers have an amazing ability to make beaded sand jewelry! Sea cucumbers are detritus […]

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Weekend in the MLCD

With such calm surf, Waikīkī was the place to be last weekend.  The highlight Saturday was being surrounded by about 15 or more Bluefin Trevally (omilu).  The only thing the fish in this school were studying was me.  After they circled me about 3 times and left, a barracuda approached.  First time in the ocean […]

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Early Bird REEF Survey at Hanauma Bay

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to do a REEF snorkel survey at Hanauma Bay.  We were in the water for about two hours and snorkeled the outter reef.  Life is so abundant past the buoys!  It wasn’t as clear and calm as I hoped it would be, but we still managed to get some […]

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Congratulations, Cassidy!

On a day that could have been overshadowed by test anxiety, talk about ciguatera, and macabre surf stories, the shining moment was Cassidy smoking the REEF Level 5 exam with a score of 99.5%.  Cassidy is now not only a REEF survey expert, but an expert among experts!  Naturally, the first thing to do after taking […]

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groovy day in Hawai`i nei

Can you believe the clear skies and calm surf of the last few days?  Makes for good underwater critter watching.  This porcupinefish was out in the open instead of hiding under a ledge.  He let me chase him nearly to Makaha (or thereabouts).  What appeared to be a large Christmas Wrasse turns out to have […]

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