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Volunteers bring aloha to students in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the last places you would expect to hear hundreds of schoolchildren shouting, “Aloha!” but it’s happening in a town called Di­najpur. Read More

UH study offers clue about groups of honu

Updated on  April 27, 2018 at 10:10 pm
Last year several readers who live along Kaneohe Bay wrote that large green sea turtles were hanging out at the shoreline of their waterfront homes. Read More

Moray eel gives chase to fleeing Ambon toby

Updated on  March 30, 2018 at 9:59 pm
It’s a fish-eat-fish world out on the reef, so seeing one species chase another isn’t usually a sight that has my heart pounding as I fumble for my camera. But this time the predator was scary and the prey poisonous. Read More

Urchins can use seaweed hat to feed themselves

Updated on  March 23, 2018 at 10:16 pm
Opal seaweed is native to the warm Indian, Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, growing from tide pools to waters 150 feet deep. It’s also native to Hawaii, meaning it got here without a lift from human hands or hulls, drifting hundreds or even thousands of miles to our islands. Read More

Stone money and gobies in Palau and Yap

Updated on  March 9, 2018 at 10:13 pm
With about 2,000 species, gobies form the largest fish family in the world. Read More

Yap’s unique stone money acts as hard currency

Updated on  March 2, 2018 at 10:10 pm
Besides meeting some of the friendliest people on the planet here, it’s the only place where money is as big as manta rays. Read More

Soft Coral Arch revives childhood memories

Updated on  February 23, 2018 at 10:47 pm
Rather than a hard skeleton, these soft coral types have inside their liquid stalks tiny calcium carbonate sticks and stones that help them stand up. Read More

Coral reefs in Palau are national treasures

Updated on  February 16, 2018 at 9:47 pm
Palau’s corals are getting attention for their ability to thrive in warm, acidic water, factors that are killing corals in other parts of the world. Read More

Breathing gets bubbly while crabs are on land

Crabs that spend part of their lives in the water, and part out, can blow bubbles. This foaming-at-the-mouth might look like the crab is in distress, and sometimes it is, but in healthy crabs, mouth bubbling comes from the crab breathing air instead of water. Read More

Clinger crabs are members of wind drift community

Updated on  February 2, 2018 at 9:58 pm
Clinger crabs are about the size of a quarter and come in shades of blue or brown, depending on which object they’ve chosen to call home. Read More

Midway beach becomes wall-to-wall sea turtles

Updated on  January 26, 2018 at 9:37 pm
During my albatross work at Midway two years ago, I watched several 200-or-so-pound turtles dig their front fins into the sand and lurch up the beach, one laborious step at a time. I felt exhausted just watching. Read More

Good deed brings rare glimpse of sea horse

Updated on  January 19, 2018 at 9:56 pm
The sea horse is a Hawaii native. The smooth sea horse’s scientific name is Hippocampus kuda. Read More

Green turtles’ numbers are growing at Midway

Updated on  January 12, 2018 at 9:18 pm
Midway is famous for hosting the largest albatross colony in the world, but it’s also become a place to admire sea turtles. Read More

Distinct isle anemones stow their okole at aquarium

In light of all the time I spend snorkeling and reading about marine life, you might think that the aquarium wouldn’t hold any surprises for me. But wait, what’s this? On exhibit is an anemone, called Mann’s anemone, found only in Hawaii that I didn’t know existed. Read More

Isles host 20 species of native spider crab

Updated on  December 29, 2017 at 10:23 pm
Year-end highlights or summaries aren’t my favorite reading material because the articles mostly contain facts about things I already know. Read More

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