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Category: Animals

Operation Nest Defense

November 02, 2017
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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
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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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A Turtle Farewell

October 26, 2017
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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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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
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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
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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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Your ultimate guide to viewing sharks at Maui Ocean Center. Of the 40 shark species found in Hawaii, six are frequently on exhibit at the Aquarium. Learn about the different ways you can encounter sharks on your next visit!

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Anemone wielding, armor plated, bug-eyed aliens of the sea – what’s not to love about crustaceans?

The word crustacean may sound boring, but our bottom-dwelling friends are far from it! While turtles, dolphins, and whales have won the hearts of Hawaii’s residents and visitors, it’s easy to overlook our crabby friends tucked away in the reef. The thought of people being uninterested in crustaceans or unaware of their amazing abilities creates heartbreak and many restless nights for our team of marine naturalists. To remedy this dilemma, here are our staff’s top six picks to convince you that crustaceans are truly fascinating creatures!

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Sea Shepherds

April 10, 2017
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Lawai‘a were highly skilled and greatly respected in Hawaiian society. They were trained to understand cloud formations, ocean currents and wind direction, moon phases, and star patterns. But the lawai‘a did not always look to the sky to find fish – the answer would often come with the aid of the ‘ōpelu māmā.

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As the countdown to Valentine’s Day begins you may sense that love is in the air, but for one of the ocean’s largest swooners, the season of love has already been in full-swing.

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