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Coral Reefs are Dying, Can Land-Based Coral Farms Save Them?

Coral Reefs are Dying, Can Land-Based Coral Farms Save Them?

The world's coral reefs are dying. In Hawaii, where many people rely on the ocean for their livelihoods (yes, we're raising our hands), this is a scary proposition. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Hawaii pegs the annual gross revenue associated...

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Canada Bans Captivity of Whales and Dolphins

Canada Bans Captivity of Whales and Dolphins

In a good bit of conservation news, Canada has banned the captivity and breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises across the country. The Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, AKA the "Free Willy" bill, introduced in 2015, was signed into law on Monday....

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Rare Flower In Hawaii Thought To Be Extinct… FOUND!

Rare Flower In Hawaii Thought To Be Extinct… FOUND!

Easter has come and gone, but a flower once thought to be extinct has risen. A member of the hibiscus family, the Hibiscadelphus woodii, had not been spotted since 2009, and in 2016 it was officially added to the extinct species list. However, in February researchers...

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Can Maui’s Coral Reefs Be Saved?

Can Maui’s Coral Reefs Be Saved?

Finally some good news for Maui's coral reefs. After years of declining health, it appears the state may be able to enhance the resiliency of our coral reefs. A recent survey of over 51 sites in Maui’s south (Kihei side) and west (Lahaina side) shores showed the most...

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Why are Hawaii’s Whale Populations Declining?

Why are Hawaii’s Whale Populations Declining?

In an upcoming article scheduled for release in the journal “Royal Society Open Science” titled “Fluctuating reproductive rates in Hawaii’s humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, reflect recent climate anomalies in the North Pacific”, Rachel Cartwright of California...

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Scientifically Counting Whales in Hawaii Matters

Scientifically Counting Whales in Hawaii Matters

Keeping tabs on Hawaii's humpback whale population is important, particularly so in light of recent reports that they may be on the decline. One group of local researchers responded to this concern by performing aerial surveys of Maui Nui (greater Maui region) based...

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Entangled Humpback Whale Spotted Off of Lahaina

Entangled Humpback Whale Spotted Off of Lahaina

Over the weekend, a humpback whale was spotted entangled in lines used to catch crab and lobster. The lines wrapped around both the whale's mouth and tail, while cutting into its body. Trained rescue crews were able to reach the whale, but they were not able to...

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More Snow Coming to Maui

More Snow Coming to Maui

Maui is experiencing a winter for the ages. To quote "Game of Thrones", winter is here. OK, our high temperatures are still near 80 degrees by the ocean, but the nights are lower 60's or even upper 50's. That's downright frigid for Maui! But the real winter weather is...

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Whale Tales 2019

Whale Tales 2019

Whale Tales 2019 is coming to Maui from February 15 - 18. Hosted by Whale Trust at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Whale Tales is a fully immersive educational (and fun!) weekend featuring marine biologists, whale researchers and award-winning photographers from around the...

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British Couple Nearly Crushed by Humpback Whale

British Couple Nearly Crushed by Humpback Whale

If you need another reason, besides staying dry, better sight lines and comfort, to book a whale watch trip on a larger boat like those sailed by Hawaii Ocean Project versus a smaller, rubber boat, you can add safety to the list. A British couple kayaking in Monterey...

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