Swimming/Snorkeling

Idotea wosnesenskii and Hemigrapsus nudis

Posted by on September 2, 2012 at 11:50 am

Here are some additional finds from our road-end explorations. I make an attempt to identify the creatures when I can so that I can slowly learn about the ones we commonly find. A great website resource is provided by Washington State University: http://www.beachwatchers.wsu.edu/ezidweb/animals/Idoteawosnesenskii.htm

Sea cucumber

Posted by on July 21, 2008 at 8:37 pm
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Sea cucumbers are animals in the phylum echinodermata, which means “spiny skin.” This phylum also includes starfish and sea urchins. They only live in salt water, and vary in length from about 1″ to about 6 feet. Their skin is a bit prickly because underneath it is composed of calcified plates, like interlocking armor pieces. […]

Kailua Beach tide pools

Posted by on July 3, 2007 at 3:25 pm
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This is our favorite hang-out. The water is calm and the little beach is relatively secluded. I almost hesitate to post this 😉 Sam LOVES to romp in the water and he can play on his own because the rocks protect the tide pools. The snorkeling just on the other side of the tide pools […]

Shark’s Cove

Posted by on July 3, 2007 at 3:16 pm
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After a wild adventure out to a hidden beach at the North Shore accessible via a 4WD-only dirt road, we decided to finally check out Shark’s Cove for some snorkeling. It was fantastic! We’ve been to Hanauma a few times, but I have to say I think Shark’s Cove is at least equivalent. It’s less […]