Archive for March, 2012

 

A versatile wardrobe

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After a recent encounter with an octopus while scuba diving with my smoking hot girlfriend, I became captivated with the animal. This interest inspired a personal investigation of other cephalopods, until I came across the fascinating mimic octopus.               I’m still trying to learn how many species of mimic […]

Its A Snail World After All

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For lab in February, our class went to Diamond Head beach to determine the spatial patterns for Nerita picea and Littoraria pintado. We wanted to determine if the spatial patterns for these snails are clumped, uniform, or random. We started by laying a transect along the beach. Pairs of students were given a 10m section of transects. They took […]

James Cameron to pilot deep sea submersible

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For most people the thought of James Cameron makes you think of his Hollywood blockbusters such as Avatar, Titanic, or the Terminator; however, in the coming weeks James Cameron may become more well known for his contributes to deep sea voyaging. Cameron, aside from being a well known producer and screen writer, is a National […]

Choosing to settle- larvae behavior

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The behavioral ecology of plankton larvae can help us understand different developmental modes that different species undergo. There are three types of developmental modes of marine larvae- planktotrophic, lecithnotrophic, and direct development. Each developmental mode tells something about the dispersal capacity of the larvae, which depends on many factors that the larvae take into account […]

AQUARIUM TRADE EFFECTS AND REGULATIONS

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          Photo by: reefkeeping.com Over the past 20 years, the demand for ornamental reef fish has increased exponentially in the aquarium reef hobby. Statistics provided by the Pacific Fisheries Coalition (PFC) state that 80% of the reef fish collected for the hobby are from Hawaiian reefs. Although collectors suggest they use […]

Honolulu Fish Auction

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For class we went to the fish auction at pier 38.  This was my first time going to the new fish auction.  Before it was by point panic and kiwalo basin.  My family and I used to go down there a lot because my uncle used to work at the old fish auction.  It was […]

BROWN WATER AFFECTS HAWAII

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On March 5th, severe storms and copious amounts of rain caused many issues to the island of Oahu.  The rain continued all night, and by the time it let up, it was too late.  The Kaneohe Wastewater Pre-Treatment Facility had two manholes spewing out 51,000 gallons of raw sewage and storm water (Sakahara 2012).  This […]

The Slugs of the Sea

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When I was in high school I started to adventure in tide pools with my Aunt and Uncle in Bandon, Oregon. That is where I fell in love with the wonderful slugs of the sea: Nudibranchs. These creatures are the most beautiful marine organism that I have ever seen. My favorite of all time is […]

The Greenland Shark and the Copepod

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Somniosus microcephalus, commonly referred to as the Greenland shark inhabits the northern Atlantic Ocean in temperatures ranging from -2-7°C and grow to about 6.5 meters in length. Greenland sharks are known for their sluggish nature; Inuit fishermen catch these sharks simply by trailing caribou entrails through the water and then pulling the sharks onto the […]