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Maui Ocean Center Saddle Wrasse

In the vast Pacific Ocean, Hawai‘i’s coral reefs reign as one of nature’s greatest marvels, home to some of the world’s most unique marine animals. Beneath the waves where earth-toned corals are muted in color, the vibrancy is brought to life through its reef fish. These families of reef fish are more than ecologically significant; they serve as a living connection to Hawai‘i’s culture and past. From diet to ceremonial traditions, or music and the arts, reef fish are a longstanding cornerstone of Hawaiian society.

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Humpback Whale Mom and Calf, Mother's Day

There’s arguably no better place in the world to see humpback whales than Maui. Thousands of North Pacific humpback mothers, calves, and males are completing the first leg of their 6,000-mile, round-trip migration from Alaska to Hawai‘i. Humpback activity is heating up in Maui Nui with peak season quickly approaching, and we’re here to help you make the most of the 2020 whale season!

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Coral Reef Alliance, Watershed Management

“Ridge to Reef” is a cultural and ecological understanding that what happens in the mountains can affect the ocean below. Learn how the Coral Reef Alliance, its partners, and volunteers are using Best Management Practices to mitigate the effects of sedimentation on coral reefs in West Maui.

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'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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“Mac Nut” the Giant Grouper is a recent addition to Maui Ocean Center, but her origin began on the Island of Hawai‘i. Raised at an aquaculture facility and a resident at a local resort, Mac Nut’s journey to the Maui Ocean Center brought with her an opportunity for guests to see and learn about one of Hawai‘’s lesser-known fish species.

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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 Muralist and the Whale

November 14, 2018
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Waterman, community leader, and skilled painter – muralist Hilton Alves brings humpback whales to life through his artwork at Maui Ocean Center in anticipation of opening the new Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit & 3D Sphere.

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Rainforests of the Sea

October 08, 2018
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Beneath the ocean’s waves, coral reefs reign as ancient, complex, and living ecosystems that are often called the rainforests of the sea. Like tropical rainforests, coral reefs provide life and habitats for an array of plants and animals.

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Leatherback sea turtles are seasoned mariners of the world’s seven seas. They are transoceanic travelers, accomplished divers, and one of five species of sea turtles found in Hawaii.

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Fishing For A Solution

August 07, 2018
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Negative interaction with fishing gear is the leading cause of sea turtle strandings in the Hawaiian Islands. To mitigate this threat, the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute created the Fishing Line Recycling Program, a community-focused initiative that seeks to reduce the number of marine life entanglement caused by discarded fishing gear.

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