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Ocean Resources

Activity Books - several books on Hawaii's reefs and marine life from SEAGRANT.  (Note: requires Adobe Acrobat, available at the site)

National Defense Center for excellence for research in ocean sciences.

Coastal Erosion and Beach Loss
Brochure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources explaining the causes and degree of damage to Oahu's shoreline.

Coral Reef Network
A comprehensive site about Hawaii's coral reefs, marine animals and research.

Dangerous Sea Animals
The east and south facing beaches are sometimes invaded by box jellyfish (Sea Wasp) and Portuguese Man-of-War.  Best to stay out of the water when they're around!

FINS - Fish Information Network
Archive of information for aquarium enthusiasts. Has useful Marine Fish Guide and Freshwater Fish Guide.

Hawaiian Monk Seal
- "the dog that runs in the rough (seas)". Find out about our endangered marine mammal. From the pen and brush of artist Patrick Ching.

Marine Wildlife: Whales, Dolphins, Turtles and Seals
An on-line course about marine wildlife in Hawai`i. Discusses species, habitat, ecology, and threats from a Hawaiian perspective. Good photos!

National Data Buoy Center
Station information and coastal regional map for Hawaii from NOAA.

The Ocean Atlas of Hawaii
SOEST publication from the University of Hawaii provides a description of the ocean around Hawai'i - marine climate, water properties, currents, tides, waves.

Ocean Thermal Energy
The technology for generating electricity from different ocean temperatures is known as "ocean thermal energy conversion. From DBEDT.

School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology
This is a jumping off point for a wealth of well-presented scientific information, from the University of Hawaii

Save our Seas - SOS
Kaua`i's own home-grown environmental activitism and educational organization. Has newsletters and information about annual Kaua`i Clean Oceans Conference.

SeaWeb is Hawaii's ocean law and policy network. Contains links and information on the State Ocean Resources Management Plan (ORMP).

Turtle Trax
A site devoted to marine turtles.

What is the Green Flash?
Peter Michaud, Bishop Museum Planetarium Manager, explains what it is and how to safely watch for it. 

Humpback Whales 


The humpback earned its common name from its swimming style, in which its arched, or humped, back lifts out of the water. But to many scientists, the humpback's flukes are a far more interesting part of the whale's body. That's because each whale has uniquely shaped and colored tail fins that can be used to identify specific whales.

The Curious Humpback 

The shape and color pattern on the humpback whale's dorsal fin and fluke (tail) are as individual in each animal as are fingerprints in humans.

American Cetacean Society

Found in all the world's oceans, most populations of humpback whales follow a regular migration route, summering in temperate and polar waters for feeding, and wintering in tropical waters for mating and calving.

American Cetacean Society



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