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Ocean Watch: Sorting fact from fiction in fluid lives of clownfish

Now that I’m home, I’ve discovered that either I learned the above name thing incorrectly decades ago, or the 2003 movie “Finding Nemo” caused a sea change in the common names of these fish. Read More

Ocean Watch: Finding Dory … or her similarly blue-colored cousin

While sorting through photos from our recent snorkeling trip in Zanzibar, I came across a dozen terrible pictures of blue tangs. Read More

Ocean Watch: Hawaiian turban snails are source of ‘cat’s eyes’

During my walks on North Shore beaches, I pick up so-called cat’s eyes, the round, white trap doors that were once attached to certain sea snails. Read More

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

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