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Pictures from the Latest Benthic Survey

Thanks to Sean, Heather, and Cassidy we were able to complete another Benthic Survey! Check out the pictures of critters!

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Beach Table at the MLCD

Today was our first day testing out our new beach table, right in front of the MLCD! We set up our table in hopes of providing education and awareness about reefs. The turn out of visitors to our table was awesome! We had about 38 people stop by, asking us about fishes, invertebrates, reefs, and […]

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Marine Invertebrate of the Week: Sea Slugs

Sea slugs are very diverse marine invertebrates that lack shells. Instead of the protection of a shell, sea slugs have developed acids, toxins, stings, and camouflage. They are hermaphroditic, meaning individuals possess both male and female reproductive organs. Some sea slugs are herbivores, but most are specialized predators that feed on a single species. There […]

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I spy an Octopus

Yesterday afternoon, after Waikīkī ArtFest, James and Cassidy joined me for a benthic survey in front of the aquarium. The surge was pretty strong and the tide was too low at the random point. Thus, we decided to complete a survey closer to shore. After the survey, James and I encountered an octopus hanging out […]

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Invertebrates, and One Vertebrate

Today, Heather, Beth and I did a benthic survey on the Diamond Head side of the MLCD.  Visibility was really good and we got to try out our new float, which works great!  I practiced taking pictures of corals and algae. I was surprised when I downloaded my pictures on my computer to find this […]

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A beautiful day for a survey

Today, Cassidy, Ryan and I went snorkeling in the MLCD to complete a benthic habitat survey. The weather was absolutely perfect with the sun shining and clear blue waters. Ryan helped us with the GPS unit and we were able to find the location for the survey much quicker than we normally do; thank you […]

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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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