Tag Archives: snorkel

Invasive Species Removal in Waikiki

Today a class from UH Manoa conducted an invasive species removal project (Ewa of the Natatorium in Waikiki) headed by Dr. Celia Smith.  Reef Watch Waikiki and the Department of Aquatic Resources were on site to support Dr. Smith and her class.  In an hour and a half, over 1,500 pounds of the invasive algae, […]

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Sharks Cove REEF Survey

Some photos from a REEF survey I conducted this weekend at Sharks Cove on Oahu’s North shore.  All photos by Ryan Tabata.

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REEF Fish ID Class tomorrow!

Come join me at Queen’s beach for the REEF Fish ID Class tomorrow at 9am. The class will run from 9-10:30am and an optional snorkel survey will be offered after the class (if conditions permit). If you would like to attend, please bring a towel, swimsuit, camp chair, sunscreen, water, wetsuit or rashguard, mask, snorkel, […]

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Spotlight on Bonefish

Bonefish, also know as ‘o’io, are easily identified by their long silver bodies, single dorsal fin and wide forked tail. On O’ahu, we have spotted several bonefish congregating near the jetty and shallow reef areas in the MLCD. The two species of bonefish in Hawai’i, the Round jaw and Sharp jaw bonefish, are very hard […]

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Marine Invertebrate of the Week: Marbled Shrimp

Have you ever been snorkeling and looked under coral heads or in the cracks and crevices between coral colonies? Lately, I have been investigating little cracks and I keep finding Marbled shrimp. Unfortunately, I have only found the shrimp on the east side and I want to put a challenge out to all of the […]

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REEF Survey with Hanauma Bay Volunteers

Volunteers from the Hanauma Bay Education Program joined us for a REEF Fish ID training and snorkel survey in the MLCD last Tuesday, March 22.  We were also lucky to have two visitors join us from Florida Sea Grant.  Here are some fun pictures!

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Spotlight on Goatfish

Goatfish, in the family Mullidae, are very unique fish that are easily identified by two separate dorsal fins and barbels, whisker-like appendages that hang below the mouth. Goatfish use the barbels to sense the small crustaceans, worms and other marine invertebrates hiding in the sand. Once a goatfish senses prey, it will swallow some sand […]

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Kahe Point (Electric Beach)

This past weekend, I did a REEF survey at Kahe Point (Electric Beach).  It was my first time there and I expected to see lots and lots of fish!  And I did!  However, I was still disappointed.  Kahe Point does have a lot of fish (high in abundance) but the diversity of species is somewhat […]

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Funny fish faces

During the REEF fish survey on Wednesday morning, I snapped a few photos of different reef fish species and marine invertebrates. After going through the photographs from the survey, I noticed that some of the marine critters seemed to either pose for the camera with a nice head shot or hide from camera. Here are […]

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