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Summer Marine Ecology Course

Summer Marine Ecology Course

This Summer Marine Ecology Course is the first of its kind on Kaua’i. With our highly experienced and dedicated science teachers it will be a fun and rewarding program for everyone.The course is available to High School students, but all who are interested are welcome to attend. We are trying to educate the community about Coral Reef Ecology and the present coral disease that is affecting beautiful Hanalei Bay on the North Shore of Kaua’i. Visit the website for this special event at www.kauaicoral.com or call Scott Bacon at...
Non-Profit Outreach is Possible Due to Your Support – Thank you!

Non-Profit Outreach is Possible Due to Your Support – Thank you!

I want to send out a Big Mahalo to all of the “Sea Riders” who have gone out on our Whale Watching excursions this year! So Far, we have had a remarkable season and some amazing encounters! Several sightings of Entangled and distressed or deceased Humpbacks as well, so I want you to know that you have also contributed to Whale Research when you go out on our 2 Hour PM Excursions!  We also sponsor Outreach for the children of Kaua’i and help various non-profit organizations who could not contribute monetarily. This season we have three NOAA Teacher Workshops with Jean Souza and volunteers from the Kaua’i Marine Sanctuary. We also comp a teenage Hawaiian Mentorship program and Hale Opio.  Whale Watching Fund Raiser for “Surf Haiti” a great, non-profit organization that helps with getting Clean Water to the community there, still suffering from the Earthquake. I have been blessed with the vessel and the location— to be able to give back is amazing in this economy and without your support that wouldn’t be possible!  Thank you from Captain Tara and Crew at Kaua’i Sea...
Sea Turtles- Birth Announcement 500+Hatchlings on Kaua’i!

Sea Turtles- Birth Announcement 500+Hatchlings on Kaua’i!

  In the Hawaiian Islands, Green Sea Turtles have made a great comeback in the past few decades. On our Snorkel charters, it still amazes me to see the sheer number of animals we are blessed to swim with everyday. As a Marine Biologist, I am then overwhelmed that I have lived long enough to see female sea turtles come back to the major Hawaiian Islands to nest. Here on Kaua’i we can boast more turtle nests than anywhere in the state! This fall season it has been recorded that 19 Kaua’i beaches (360 degrees around the island) have had successful sea turtle nests. Although the true tally of live turtle hatchlings has not been published, the 2011 estimate is 500-1,000! This increase is very encouraging, yet only a few hatchlings per nest will survive to adulthood. Female often come ashore to nest, several times in a season, but will wait 2 or 3 years to nest again. Green Sea Turtles nest at night and dig a “body pit” with rear flippers She will deposit approximately 100 eggs into this flask shaped egg cavity. The female will cover the nest with sand and head back to the sea. That is the end of her parental involvement. The incubation period is 2 months. Turtles use a specialized egg-tooth called a caruncle to break free of their shell and then use teamwork to climb to the surface. The journey to the ocean is when the turtle hatchlings become affected by environmental hazards. Vehicle tracks and marine debris are some of the physical threats caused by humans, but by far the lights...
Marine Mammal Survey

Marine Mammal Survey

This photo is of  mother and calf  Short-finned Pilot Whales, taken off of Lana’i. Kaua’i Sea Riders charters were left in the capable hands of Captain Rob and Crew Nick! I was fortunate to have a great opportunity as a Field Biologist on the 90′ vessel “Au’kele” as a Marine Mammal Observer. We covered a large area of ocean in the southern part of the Hawaiian Islands, including the sea mounts west of the Big Island. Basically the survey was conducted to locate as many marine mammals as possible and to quantify and observe behavior and collect data on rare odonticae (toothed whales) including the extremely endangered pseudorca (false killer whales) The survey was for HDR Consulting and the U.S. Navy. Great group of scientists from all over the country, with various experience and backgrounds. I have been busy with Sea Riders, my kids  and coral reef , monk seal research, so it was the first time in many years that I have been able to do this type of shipboard research. It was awesome to spend time with peers in the field of Marine Biology and pick their brains about the whales, dolphins and seals they have experienced throughout the world. At the same time sharing Hawai’i and applying stewardship, science and technology. I learned so much- Mahalo to all who made this survey...
Kauai Autumn Adventures!!

Kauai Autumn Adventures!!

Seariders Helps Deploy Oceanographic Meter Sea Riders was sub-contracted to Sea Engineering a company which specializes in coastal engineering, geophysical surveys, oceanographic and environmental studies, as well as marine waterfront construction and industrial diving.  We assisted in deploying a Oceanographic meter.  I Love anything science!  Jon and Chris are great divers and easy to work with! Will be surfacing meter periodically this year to obtain wave and current data that is on memory card. Awesome technology! The NaPali Snorkeling Season is Coming to An End… We have moved down to the Southshore to swim on the “reef of abundance” with the Sea Turtles and tropical fish.   The Na Pali is getting frisky, with swells which makes for murky snorkeling.  We did our last Sea Cave excursion, snorkel, this week on the Na Pali and an early season North Swell is coming in this weekend 10+feet!!  On  Sundays’ South Shore Snorkel we were blessed with five Dolphins swimming under us as we snorkeled as well as Honu (turtles) –  a fleeting moment that will live forever in the hearts and memories of those experienced it! Night Diving for Lobsters… The crew of Kauai Seariders and I have been night diving for lobsters for sustainability and to share with friends.  Lobster season opened on September 1st in Hawaii.  The Spiny Lobster will molt and mate during summer months. The season includes the months that have an “R” in their name.  Diving at night is a blast!  I think I like to catch them more than eat them if that is possible. It is illegal to spear these crustaceans, because you may...