Day 11 – Trying to get in bed with turtles

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Our day started out nice and early with most of us waking up around 5:50 AM to prepare for our morning dive. You can imagine our enthusiasm as we got ready for meeting at the docks around 6:30 AM. We prepped the boats and fought the urge to pass out while waiting for Dr. Hunter […]

Hot Day on the Bay

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We drug ourselves out of bed, made breakfast and lunch, and were on our way to the classroom (The usual routine). This morning we were introduced to using Hobos. We had noticed on days of field work that some sites were really warm (We said it felt like bathwater) and some sites were noticeably colder […]

Day 9: Got nudibranchs?

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Hey all! Today was totally turtle-tastic as we explored new reef locations around Kāneʻohe Bay. Our teams split up into two boats, with Blue Team heading out to Reefs 36, 45, and 42, and Red and Green team heading towards Reef 25, fringing reef near Reef 25, and Reef 43. After finding Gracilaria salicornia yesterday, […]

Day 8: We found Gracilaria!

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Today we officially started our second week on the island! We’ve been having some troubles recently finding turtles around the bay, but yesterday, on Sunday, six of us saw 10 turtles throughout the evening at Lilipuna pier. So, this morning, three of us took the boat to the pier and looked around in the shallow […]

Day 6: Turtle Topics and Sandbar Scrubbing!

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Even though it is the weekend, the work never stops. After a late night of brainstorming turtle topics, we starting to realize how frustrating it is to study mobile creatures rather than sessile organisms. After packing lunches and making breakfast, we all meet in the classroom, hoping our advisors would guide us in the right […]

Day 5: Sandbars and Studies

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We all started our day by waking up early around 7:30 and dragging ourselves out of bed for 3 hours of GIS work starting at 9:00. Waking up early could have possibly been a result of FINALLY getting some good sleep last night. Our assignments were short the night before, so we were all lights […]

Day 4: ♪Won’t you take me to … Turtle town♪

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Today started with splashing outside from a mysterious source. It grabbed our attention thus we lay our eyes upon the window in curiosity. But the source of the sound was gone like a ghost in the wind. Now up we prepared for our third day on Moku o Loʻe by making our breakfasts and lunches […]

Day 3: All Aboard the SS Randall (Read for more details!)

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Before we could embark on our first exploration of Kaneohe Bay, we began with a boat safety and knot tying lesson from Jason Jones. It turns out, we aren’t all the best at tying knots, but we have 4 weeks to practice.   After we made it on the boat, we (for obvious reasons) needed […]

Day 2: A New Year, new students, and a new project!

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We have a great new class of Bio 403: Field Problems in Marine Biology students. A little bit smaller than last yearʻs cohort, 9 adventurous souls have boarded Research Vessel Moku o Loʻe for a 4 week tour of Kāneʻohe Bay to study the thriving population of green sea turtles! Recent research suggests the turtles […]

Day 21 – pHun in the Kitchen

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        Sorry! Mike here, forgot to post last night, everyone was working on their final papers and trying to polish up the final presentation. Somehow, purple team found time to make everyone some amazing taquitos and quesadillas!   The end is near, miss the good old days of field work!   Fungia […]