Archive for April, 2012

 

Life at the Bottom of the Seafloor

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Up until the 1970s, life was thought to have been dependent on energy from the sun.  With the first discovery of a hydrothermal vent system, this notion was shattered.  Hydrothermal vents are fissures, or volcanic vents, on the floor of the ocean where geothermally heated water is released.  Compared to the 2(DEG)C water in the […]

Shark attacks at 17 year high

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                  2011 was a calm year for shark attack fatalities for the United States, in fact, there were zero deaths.  But attacks worldwide increased a bit, resulting in 12 deaths-which according to the University of Florida’s Shark Attack Summary, is the highest amount of deaths from sharks […]

GIant squids

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Giant Squid are among the most rare organisms known to exist in the world. Most of what has been known about Giant Squid through history has been based on myth and folklore, with little to no documented sightings. The only evidence of these creatures having ever existed had been seen through studies of sperm whales. […]

Waikiki Aquarium’s Resident Hawaiian Monk Seals

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The Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) is an endangered species found only in the Hawaiian Islands with less than 1200 remaining in the wild.  Hawaiian monk seals are protected by state and federal laws and can live up to 30 years in the wild.  They are preyed on by Tiger and Galapagos sharks and are […]

Free Floating Fish Cages

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The Big Island based aquaculture company Kona Blue Water Farms is currently trying to obtain a permit to raise amberjack to harvest size using an underwater cage which drifts freely around the Big Island of Hawaii in a counter-current.  This cage will float freely around 5 to 150 miles offshore in federal waters, attached to […]

Tiger Pistol Shrimp: Underwater Gunslingers

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Tropical reefs are home to some of the most beautiful, diverse ecosystems on the planet. Gorgeous coral reefs span out across the expansive ocean floor supporting flocks of fish that radiate every color of the rainbow. Sharks glide gently across reef scattering smaller fish as they pass. However, it is not only the sights of […]

Coral Reef Ecology Put into Practice

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For Lab 10 we are focusing on coral reef community structure using quadrats and line transects. This past summer I did a field school in Ke’ei, Hawaii called QUEST where I studied much the same thing. While at QUEST we utilized quadrats and line transects to determine percent coral coverage as well as species abundance. […]