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Year: 2017

Year in Review: 2017

December 21, 2017
Tapani Vuori

A special message from Maui Ocean Center’s General Manager, Tapani Vuori highlighting the major accomplishments of 2017 and what’s to come in the New Year.

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Christmas on the Reef

December 03, 2017
Christmas Tree Worm

Beneath the ocean’s surface, the colorful Christmas tree worm sways with the gentle pulse of the ocean’s current. Although the Christmas tree worm does not adorn stringed lights or ornaments, it possesses an organic beauty that adds festive colors to the coral reef’s community of inhabitants.

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Operation Nest Defense

November 02, 2017
Hawaiian Sergeant Fish

War is about to break out on the reef. Squadrons of fish circle overhead like fighter planes poised to strike. One by one, the attackers commence their dive on a vulnerable nest of eggs. Reacting with lightning speed, a Hawaiian sergeant fish intercepts the predators and engages in a “dogfight” to defend its nest, repelling barrages of attacks until forcing a retreat. While some causalities are sustained, the nest remains intact.

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Meet the New Shark Pups!

October 26, 2017

In the early morning of September 6th, 2017, a female grey reef shark gave birth to three healthy shark pups in Maui Ocean Center’s Open Ocean exhibit. The pups were recently cleared from their quarantine period and are now on exhibit in the Nursery Bay.

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Sunscreen Alternatives

October 26, 2017
Sunscreen-and-Coral

With sunny weather, sandy beaches, and protected waters, it’s no surprise that our island lifestyle often revolves around the sea. Sunscreen use is significant when you consider millions of visitors and residents enjoy the beach throughout the year. While sunscreen is effective at protecting us from harmful UV rays, the unfortunate reality is it poses a substantial threat to our coral reef ecosystems.

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A Turtle Farewell

October 26, 2017
Turtle Release

Six Hawaiian green sea turtles (honu) were raised at Maui Ocean Center for two years and are now ready to continue life in the open sea. Meet the six honu who will soon call the ocean home!

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Hawksbill Sea Turtle

While green sea turtles have captured the hearts of millions in Hawaii, the hawksbill tells a more somber tale. It was not long ago that both species were on the brink of collapse before receiving federal and state-level protection as an endangered species in 1978.

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Sea Jelly or Sea Zombie?

October 20, 2017
Sea Zombies

Author: Evan Pascual October welcomes the Halloween season, a time to conjure up your best costume and adorn your house with carved pumpkins. But beneath the sea, our marine life friends don’t need a mask to put on a fright. Many of them naturally evoke the mysteriousness and eeriness of the Halloween spirit.   Lurking […]

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The Coral Renaissance

July 03, 2017

Under a sky of fluorescent lights, young corals rest in a trough of seawater. The only sounds are of flowing water and bubbles churning at the surface. But all is calm in this sanctuary known as the Aquarium Lab where Hawaiian corals grow unrestricted by the barriers of climate change or dangers posed by anthropogenic influences. While they currently live in a controlled environment, these corals are being groomed for a special purpose and mission.

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The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is a place of scientific, historical, and cultural significance. On May 30th, 2017, Maui Ocean Center, Mayor Alan Arakawa, and supporters of the Monument unveiled the Papahānaumokuākea Gallery, a new exhibit that offers a glimpse into the world’s largest Marine National Monument.

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