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White terns enjoy growth with the help of humans

Updated on  December 8, 2017 at 10:04 pm
For the second year in a row, Honolulu’s white terns (the official name for what we once called fairy terns or angel terns) are having a banner year. Read More

It’s the time for ‘wedgies’ to be leaving their burrows

Updated on  December 2, 2017 at 12:11 am
Happening right now with wedge-tailed shearwaters on Oahu, moms, dads and fledgling chicks are leaving their underground hideaways to ride the wind above the waves. Read More

Minuscule ‘water bears’ are uncanny survivors

Updated on  November 17, 2017 at 10:09 pm
Water bears have survived temperatures as high as 300 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as minus 456 degrees. The animals have also lived through vacuums, intense radiationand zero oxygen. Read More

Bleaching isn’t always death knell for corals

Updated on  November 10, 2017 at 10:12 pm
Some corals are adapting to higher water temperatures and doing just fine. Perhaps, as human and wildlife suffering escalates worldwide, our species will evolve to become less selfish. Read More

Spiral float is unique to 1 species of cuttlefish

Updated on  November 3, 2017 at 10:51 pm
I’m home from Australia after several outstanding voyages to the outer reefs of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Read More

Sea snakes seen sunning amid Great Barrier Reef

Updated on  October 28, 2017 at 9:12 am
I know I’ll never convince people who fear snakes that they’re fun snorkeling companions. But even those with phobias might appreciate seeing, from the deck of a boat, a rare marine animal in its natural element. Read More

Underwater ‘banquets’ are a feast for the eyes

Updated on  October 20, 2017 at 9:19 pm
Although Orpheus is also a national park with its own charming beaches, birds and reefs, we missed our giant clams. Read More

Colorful ocean plant also reeks of dead fish

Updated on  October 6, 2017 at 10:11 pm
Blooms of sea sawdust during periods of calm seas are common inside the Great Barrier Reef. People here accept the colorful alga mats and their pungent odor as part of life on Australia’s tropical coast. Read More

Mystery fish is revealed as snapper from Tahiti

Updated on  September 29, 2017 at 9:46 pm
As if that’s not enough to confuse even seasoned fish watchers, some wrasses change body color dramatically after they’re adults, switching from female to male as the need in a wrasse harem demands. Read More

Puffy toylike fishes aren’t to be played with

Updated on  September 22, 2017 at 10:46 pm
Like its pufferfish kin, boxfish carry a toxin so strong it can kill aquarium mates. And if the little boxfish gets really upset, it can exude, from its skin, enough poison in the tank to also kill itself. Read More

Scorpionfish well hidden with leafy camouflage

Updated on  September 16, 2017 at 5:29 pm
They are really cool, and yes, leaf scorpionfish are common in Hawaii, sometimes in water only inches deep. But that doesn’t mean we commonly see them. Read More

Disturbing truth makes seafood unappealing

Updated on  September 9, 2017 at 8:00 am
Many people think that marine animals’ sole purpose in existing is to feed us. Not so. Their roles in ocean ecosystems far outweigh our need to eat them. Read More

Nightmare on kid’s feet is critters’ big moment

Updated on  September 1, 2017 at 10:01 pm
Bloody attack! Mysterious sea creatures! A taste for human flesh! Unstoppable bleeding … And so went the sensational terms describing an injury sustained by a 16-year-old Australian boy last month. Read More

Eagle ray finds a way to soar on minus snout

Updated on  August 25, 2017 at 10:12 pm
Last week reader Pat Goding sent several photos of a spotted eagle ray with its snout missing. Part of what looks like a hook protrudes from the ray’s mouth below, and another metal piece sticks up, below the eyes, like a protruding tooth. Read More

Grotesque acorn worm helps clean sand in sea

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 9:56 pm
An acorn worm’s skin is so thin that when it’s full of sand, which is nearly always, the creature bursts open if you pick it up. Read More

Asia market far extends American eel’s journey

Updated on  August 11, 2017 at 10:16 pm
I thought I knew my eels, but a recent news item in this newspaper, about a species called the American eel, left me blank. Read More

That golden time of year has arrived on kolea wings

Updated on  August 4, 2017 at 9:42 pm
Writing in all caps with multiple exclamation marks is the text equivalent of shouting. But those punctuation points and uppercase letters have their moments, and here’s one: OUR KOLEA ARE BACK!!! Read More

Pulsating pyrosome lights up dive in Galapagos

Updated on  July 21, 2017 at 10:15 pm
Pyrosomes have been in the news this summer because masses of them are, for the first time, showing up along North America’s northwestern coast. Read More

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