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Ocean Watch: Even a walk down a pier has potential for adventure

Back when we moored our sailboat Honu on the outer row of the Ala Wai Boat Harbor, every walk down the pier was a potential adventure. Read More

Ocean Watch: Shark encounters, water spouts and koalas

We were at the moment hiking one of Magnetic Island’s superb trails where we saw seven koala bears in the wild. Read More

Ocean Watch: Days spent at sea spark appreciation for land

As much as I appreciate the privilege of anchoring and snorkeling on the outer reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, when I’m out there I miss land. Read More

Ocean Watch: Indifference of unexpected visitor sparks delight

I’ve had some experience working with Hawaii’s monk seals, but watching that animal emerge from the surf, its gray fur coat as smooth and shiny as dolphin skin, gave me chicken skin. Read More
 

Ocean Watch: Snail, crab, anemone relationship revealed

A few types of hermit crabs, called anemone crabs, like to move into empty tun shells because they’re lightweight, and therefore, easy to tote around. Read More

Ocean Watch: Swimming with sharks proves to be educational

Swimming in Hawaii’s royal blue offshore waters was a pleasure in itself. Having sharks and jacks swim fearlessly below with no chumming or baiting made the trip a memorable experience. Read More

Ocean Watch: Acorn worm deposits not typical excrement

Most acorn worms live in u-shaped burrows under sand or mud, sucking the surrounding substance into their mouths. Read More
 

Ocean Watch: Portuguese men-of-war are often confused for jellyfish

The name Portuguese man-of-war is tough to explain, hard for some people to remember, and the plural is a problem. In calling them blue bottles, the Aussies beat the Brits. Read More

Strong winds bring ashore marine treasures

We Hawaii residents welcome strong winds in summer because they cool us off. But some of us like persistent trades and storm winds for another reason: They drive offshore marine life to island shorelines. Read More

Waimea Bay is billboard for marine conservation

Fishing is prohibited here in the Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District with the exception of Waimea Bay where shoreline hook-and-line fishing is allowed. Read More

‘Blue Planet II’ producers to film new series in isles

Following the success of “Blue Planet II” and “Planet Earth II,” BBC is embarking on a natural-history series called “Islands,” which will look at the wildlife, landscape and cultures of Madagascar, Sumatra and Hawaii. Read More

Hammerhead shark deaths depressing and cruel

Hawaii hosts three species of hammerheads, the most common being the scalloped hammerhead. Read More

With rats eradicated on Palmyra Atoll, birds, trees and reefs thrive

Even with all this good news, island rat eradication has its critics. Some people protest the killing of mammals, and others argue against the anticoagulant used to poison them. Read More
 

Porcupine pufferfish packs poisonous punch

While snorkeling with a friend visiting from Canada, I spotted a tiny porcupine pufferfish resting on the ocean floor in about 6 feet of water. Read More

The sea strider is the only marine insect in the world … and it walks on water

Reader Mark Hamamoto emailed that while kayaking off Makua beach, he saw a spiderlike creature skimming over the surface of the water about 200 yards from shore. “Any idea what this is?” Mark wrote. “Never seen this before.” Read More

Shorebirds a reminder of Hawaii’s Alaska link

In some ways Alaska and Hawaii are worlds apart. But after my weeklong work with Pacific golden plovers in Nome, I learned that we also have much in common. Read More

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