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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

Eagle ray finds a way to soar on minus snout

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

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

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

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

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

Albatross killings at Kaena Point were slaughters of innocents

The Kaena Point incident is a stark contrast to the aloha spirit we enjoy in Hawaii, but the sentencing is done and it’s time to move on. Read More

Snorklers see red with slate pencil sea urchins

The outer reef in this North Shore area takes a beating from the surf every winter, and is therefore riddled with cracks and crevices. Read More
 

Turbulent waters draw crowd of sea cucumbers

Two weeks ago I picked up a flu bug that knocked me sideways. Aching muscles and violent coughing kept me down for days. Then one morning last week, I had enough. Sick or not, I had to get in the water. Read More

30 years bring many adventures for Ocean Watch columnist

Thirty years ago this week, I wrote my first Ocean Watch column for what was then the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. It was an exciting day that I thought would never come. Then it did and, well, it never ended. I’m still sharing, with pleasure, my marine adventures with readers. Read More

Peculiarity above water in Australia also amazes

I’ve been home from Australia nearly a week, and I’m still smiling over some of the comments locals there made about Hawaii. Read More

Sailing trips in great reef marine park never get old

For the last three years, as often as our work allows, Craig and I have been sailing our 37-foot ketch, Honu, in the stretch of water between the Queensland coast and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Read More

Ocean ‘jewels’ encompass life stories of amazing snails

The combination of afternoon low tides and Cyclone Debbie’s recent stirring up of the ocean floor has sparked a new passion in me: snails. Read More

Spring tides are perfect for strolling among reef

When sailing among the hundreds of islands in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, there are no activities I would choose over snorkeling or diving. Except during spring tides. Then, with pleasure, I choose walking. Read More

Platypuses add to thrill of wildlife sightings

“It’s so small.” That was our group’s first impression of the platypus we saw paddling along the surface of a creek in Carnarvon National Park. Read More

Storm allows closer look at wildlife on reef isle

After voyaging from Pancake Creek to the Gladstone Marina, where we planned to set sail for Heron Island, a gale appeared. Not only did it pack sustained winds of more than 30 mph, the storm front promised to stick around for a week. Read More
 

Time nears for plovers to bid aloha to islands

The fish is small, but still. It seems a kolea would quickly lose a fish to bandit birds before it could break it into beak-sized bits. But maybe our Jude is a first-year, inexperienced bird. Or he’s just slow. Read More

Snapping shrimp pop to send alert and nab food

We oceangoers rarely see the little gunslingers because they live in burrows. But we hear them. The split-second closure of each shrimp’s single, oversize claw makes a popping sound. When the creatures pop by the thousands, as is often the case, it’s like snorkeling in a giant bowl of Rice Krispies. Read More

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