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COURTESY SUSAN SCOTT
                                Tiny mole crabs live in Hawaii, just below the sand and often along the water’s edge. A deceased female’s belly shows a mass of orange eggs clinging to it.

Attempt to aid crab heals faith in humanity

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                                Tiny mole crabs live in Hawaii, just below the sand and often along the water’s edge. A deceased female’s belly shows a mass of orange eggs clinging to it.

Updated on  January 14, 2017 at 12:43 am
One morning last week the news of hate crimes, science denial and war atrocities left me feeling hopeless about the human race. Wanting to block out the whole wretched world, I plugged my ears with headphones, pulled a hat down to my eyes and walked to the beach. Read More
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                                Researcher Robin Baird’s book “The Lives of Hawaii’s Dolphins and Whales” was published in November.

Splendid pictures, research propel book

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                                Researcher Robin Baird’s book “The Lives of Hawaii’s Dolphins and Whales” was published in November.

Updated on  January 9, 2017 at 10:06 am
Over the years, when I had a question about Hawaii’s whales or dolphins, I would email Robin Baird, a researcher at Cascadia Research Collective. Read More
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                                White terns have a ring of black feathers around their eyes, giving them a wide-eyed appearance. About 2,000 of them live in the Honolulu area.

Peace, hope graced city on wings of white, gold

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                                White terns have a ring of black feathers around their eyes, giving them a wide-eyed appearance. About 2,000 of them live in the Honolulu area.

Updated on  December 30, 2016 at 10:19 pm
Most of my email this year was for the birds, specifically Pacific golden plovers (kolea) and white terns (manu-o-Ku), the native species that choose to grace our city. Read More
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                                Turtle biologists measure a known loggerhead female as she lays her eggs in Mon Repos park in Queensland, Australia.

Sea turtles are wonders to witness everywhere

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                                Turtle biologists measure a known loggerhead female as she lays her eggs in Mon Repos park in Queensland, Australia.

Updated on  December 23, 2016 at 10:18 pm
This year I’ve already had the best Christmas present ever: a boost in appreciation of living on Oahu. Read More
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New book chronicles decades of kolea studies

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Updated on  December 17, 2016 at 7:26 am
In the mid-1990s I wrote a column about the Pacific golden plover, Oahu’s favorite shorebird, known here as kolea. Read More
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                                Tahitian prawns, also known as giant freshwater shrimp, can be found in streams and waters off all Hawaiian Islands since their introduction to the state in 1956.

Tahitian prawns gain foothold in local waters

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                                Tahitian prawns, also known as giant freshwater shrimp, can be found in streams and waters off all Hawaiian Islands since their introduction to the state in 1956.

Updated on  December 9, 2016 at 10:58 pm
I had the pleasure of spending the long Thanksgiving weekend on Molokai with friends. After exploring that island’s remarkable beaches, we signed up with a local family for a guided hike up Halawa Valley to its waterfalls. Read More

Some reef encounters captured in blink of eye

One of the pleasures of being home after an adventure is sorting photos of the trip. But as I go through pictures of my recent sailing trip in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, I’m also enjoying the images my mind took when it was too dark or too distant to shoot, or when I didn’t feel like looking at something marvelous through a lens. Read More
Updated on  November 25, 2016 at 11:44 pm
 
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                                The baler snail lives in small communities, never traveling very far from the area in which it is born, quite often in isolated areas in Black Island, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Mesmerizing sea ‘squash’ part of reef mod squad

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                                The baler snail lives in small communities, never traveling very far from the area in which it is born, quite often in isolated areas in Black Island, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Updated on  November 19, 2016 at 11:21 am
While anchored off this small, round, wooded islet, Craig and I started snorkeling on its leeward coral side and later emerged to walk the sand beach on its windward rocky side. As time passed, the tide rose so high we had to abandon the beach walk and swim over the rock bottom. Read More
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                                Epaulette sharks, named because of the large black patches near their “shoulders,” are found in waters off Australia and New Guinea.

Expedition to spot shark encounters spotty shark

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                                Epaulette sharks, named because of the large black patches near their “shoulders,” are found in waters off Australia and New Guinea.
To mark exceptional snorkeling spots, the cruising guide for this area shows happy faces wearing mask and snorkel. Tiny Ravens Cove gets three. Read More
 
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                                Wedgies, or wedge-tailed shearwaters, have haunting nighttime mating calls that can sound like groans or screeches.

Help wedgies by turning lights off near shorelines

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                                Wedgies, or wedge-tailed shearwaters, have haunting nighttime mating calls that can sound like groans or screeches.

Updated on  November 4, 2016 at 11:15 pm
Honu is still inside the Great Barrier Reef, but because we’re on the move and near neither reef, islands nor mainland, the sailing feels a bit like Hawaii. Except we miss the wedgies. Read More
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                                A crocodile gives a hitchhiker a ride at the Australia Zoo.

Australians have learned to coexist with crocodiles

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                                A crocodile gives a hitchhiker a ride at the Australia Zoo.

Updated on  October 14, 2016 at 10:25 pm
We arrived in the Townsville marina to find a notice from the Queensland government. On the gate of Honu’s pier, a sign read, “WARNING! ACHTUNG! Recent crocodile sighting in this area. Read More
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                                A wild sulfur-crested cockatoo pays a visit to the Honu at anchor off Hook Island, Whitsunday Islands National Park.
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Heading Down Under again, this time like the bird flies

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                                A wild sulfur-crested cockatoo pays a visit to the Honu at anchor off Hook Island, Whitsunday Islands National Park.
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Updated on  October 7, 2016 at 11:07 pm
As you read this, Craig and I are on our way to Australia once again to explore the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on our sailboat, Honu. Read More
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                                A white tern chick lives on a concrete ledge on Tern Island, a tiny coral island in the French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Oahu hui works to protect urban-dwelling white terns

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                                A white tern chick lives on a concrete ledge on Tern Island, a tiny coral island in the French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Updated on  September 23, 2016 at 10:56 pm
If you love the white terns that flit around our trees and add joy to our city, join the club. Really. There is a club. Read More
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                                A marooned Australian Portuguese man-of-war, also known as a blue bottle.

Man-of-wars are 1 animal, not a mishmash of critters

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                                A marooned Australian Portuguese man-of-war, also known as a blue bottle.

Updated on  September 16, 2016 at 11:41 pm
At the beach, I recently ran into my neighbor, Marya, who, as usual, had a thoughtful marine animal question. She wondered how it is that a Portuguese man-of-war is a colony of individuals rather than one animal. Read More
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                                The white tern, or manu-o-Ku, is abundant in the Northwestern Hawaiian islands, but in the main Hawaiian Islands they breed only on Oahu.

White birds ‘having a blast’ likely honeymooning terns

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                                The white tern, or manu-o-Ku, is abundant in the Northwestern Hawaiian islands, but in the main Hawaiian Islands they breed only on Oahu.

Updated on  September 9, 2016 at 10:08 pm
Nuuanu resident Robert emailed, “For the last few years we have been blessed by beautiful white birds cavorting in the sky, swooping all over our valley at great speed. Read More
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                                These palolo worm relatives are called green paddle worms, common in eastern and northern Australia. Green paddle worms keep their sex cells to themselves, each segment making and shedding its own gametes.

Reproduction is laborious for certain marine worms

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                                These palolo worm relatives are called green paddle worms, common in eastern and northern Australia. Green paddle worms keep their sex cells to themselves, each segment making and shedding its own gametes.

Updated on  September 3, 2016 at 12:52 am
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, the beginning of school, the kickoff of the football season and, where I grew up, the last day of the year that it was acceptable to wear white (go figure). Read More
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                                A cleaner wrass with an island jack customer.

Little cleaner wrasses offer spa experience to other fish

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                                A cleaner wrass with an island jack customer.
Last week, in about 7 feet of water, I swam over a reef wall and found myself in the middle of a dozen jacks, a new species to me, each bearing yellow, dashlike marks on their sides. Read More

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