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‘Opihi Treasured as a Cultural Delicacy

August 05, 2019
'Opihi. CREDIT: LILY SOLANO, MAUI OCEAN CENTER EDUCATION DIRECTOR

‘Opihi is more than just a rock-clinging limpet – it’s a cultural delicacy embedded in the culture and history of Hawai‘i. The tradition of picking ‘opihi spans many generations, connecting people with friends, families, and the ocean.

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As Christmas approaches, Maui Ocean Center’s Head Aquarist Nadine is making her list and checking it twice! Find out which animals made Nadine’s Naughty or Nice list.

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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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As hungry humpback whales begin heading north to feast on krill and other delicacies, whale season comes to an end here in Hawaii. But what exactly is krill and how sustainable of a food source is it?

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FISHmas Critters

December 10, 2015
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With Christmas just around the corner, visions of candy canes and Christmas ornaments may be dancing in our heads. A holiday mood must have prevailed when certain sea creatures were named, or perhaps the creatures themselves conjured images synonymous with this special time of year.

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Meet the Hawaiian Squirrelfish

November 06, 2015
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The Hawaiian squirrelfish is found nowhere else in the world except the Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Atoll. It is the only endemic squirrelfish among roughly 20 different species of squirrelfishes and soldierfishes known to inhabit Hawaiian reefs. Despite being a nocturnal fish, it is also the species of squirrelfish most commonly spotted by snorkelers and […]

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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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