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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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Imagine you are a small shrimp scooting along the shallow sandy bottom when you’re suddenly faced with a broad mouthful of needle-sharp teeth, surrounded by what appears to be a nightmarish flame orange grin! You have just run into one of the 15 species of lizardfishes (‘ulae in Hawaiian) known to inhabit Hawaiian waters. This […]

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How is it that an organism comprised of 95% water which also has no head, no heart and no brain turn out to be such a complex and interesting creature?   Consider the moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) with its large saucer shaped transparent bell. Thought to have been accidentally introduced to the Hawaiian Islands, it now […]

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