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Good deed brings rare glimpse of sea horse

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

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

Year-end highlights or summaries aren’t my favorite reading material because the articles mostly contain facts about things I already know. Read More

Isolated Midway still has creature comforts

When I mentioned that Craig and I were going to work at Midway counting albatrosses over the holidays, the questions people asked made me realize that few people know anything about the place. Read More

Laysan albatross joins birds visiting isles for the holidays

Here on Oahu, the holidays are for the birds — shorebirds and seabirds, that is. In November, we plover lovers added to our list of thanks the first-ever-seen white (called leucistic) kolea, spotted foraging at Heeia Pier. Read More
 

White terns enjoy growth with the help of humans

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

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

Rare white plover adopts boat harbor as winter home

Forget a white Christmas. We bird lovers are dreaming of a white kolea. Read More
 

Minuscule ‘water bears’ are uncanny survivors

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

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

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

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

Although Orpheus is also a national park with its own charming beaches, birds and reefs, we missed our giant clams. Read More

Coral-eating starfish have their place in healthy reefs

On our sailboat, Honu, no wind means using the boat’s loud, hot motor to go somewhere, something we sailors resist. Read More

Colorful ocean plant also reeks of dead fish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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