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Ocean Watch: Anemone crabs’ shells can house other species

When I wrote that I had never seen this anemone, a species that typically rides on the back of a hermit crab shell, a friend offered to guide me to a place where the chances of finding the creatures were good. Read More

Ocean Watch: Population of nene growing in Hawaii

Today over 2,800 nene live in Hawaii, enough that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed downgrading the nene’s status from endangered to threatened. Read More

Susan Scott: Sea turtles, kolea and heartfelt thank-yous

I keep an email file called Ocean Watch in which I save letters from readers. At the end of the year, I like to look through the collection and remember the events that prompted people to write. Read More

Susan Scott: Readers share facts on spiny lobsters

Two readers emailed to correct my statement last week regarding the state’s rules on the killing of spiny lobsters. According to the latest Hawaii Fishing Regulations, published in March, it is illegal to kill any female spiny lobsters. Ever. Read More
 

Ocean Watch: Spiny lobsters cry out when in distress

Hawaii hosts four spiny lobster species that lack the large front pincers of the Atlantic’s American lobster. Read More

Ocean Watch: New book celebrates Hawaii’s white terns

The University of Hawaii Press released “Hawaii’s White Terns, Manu-ô-Ku, an Urban Seabird” last week. Read More
 

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

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