Saturday, February 25, 2006

Whale Watching at Blowhole

A Humpback Whale with a baby was just cruising by fairly close to shore when we stopped at Halona Blowhole only to get a glimpse of a shot. Nice bonus.
Susanne Spiessberger

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

White-Spotted Sea Cucumber, Lanai Lookout, Island Of Oahu

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Underwater Wedding

On February 14, or Valentines Day, of every year since 1996.
The Underwater Wedding Ceremony has been arranged in Trang
Province, Thailand. The Ceremony has gained much worldwide recognition
and has been recored in the Guinness World of Recorded.

Thirty couples from Thailand and around the world stage a special wedding ceremony, held on St Valentine’s Day under the crystal clear waters of Trang in South Thailand. If you’re planning to wed around February 2004, or are already married but wishing to renew your vows, you are eligible to participate - but you must be a qualified diver!

Participating Thai and foreign bridegrooms and brides are warmly greeted when they arrive at Trang Airport, and then they parade around Trang Municipality. The colourful Khan Maak procession in long-tailed boats takes them to Ko Kradan island for their spectacular 40-feet-underwater ceremony

http://www.trangonline.com/underwaterwedding.html

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Monday, February 13, 2006

Blue Dragon Sea Slug, Lanai Lookout, Island Of Oahu

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RedStripe Pipefish (Endemic), Lanai Lookout, Island Of Oahu

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Posted by alohadean on 02/13 at 09:18 PM
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Fireworm’s nest, Lanai Lookout, Island Of Oahu

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Posted by alohadean on 02/13 at 09:31 AM
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Hermit Crab, Lanai Lookout, Island Of Oahu

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Hermit Crab, Lanai Lookout, Island Of Oahu

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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Pebble Collector Urchin, Lanai Lookout, Island Of Oahu

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Orange Tube Coral, Lanai Lookout, Island Of Oahu

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Scale Eating Blenny (Endemic) , Lanai Lookout, Island Of Oahu

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Help to stop the Sea turtle Trade on the Island of Bali, Indonesia ! 

Please read the petition on the link below.  I support the effort to voice a concern regarding the treatment of the sea turtles.  Feel free to send the link to others that may feel the same. 

Mahalo,

http://www.antinea-foundation.org/pages/petition.asp

The Island of Bali in Indonesia has been the hub of the sea turtle trade for two decades. The buyers of turtle meat, shells and eggs are mainly found in the Asian markets as well as in Indonesia itself. Turtle meat and eggs are not going to feed the poor, instead they are a privilege of affluent societies. Turtle shell is being used for jewellery and ornaments, all unnecessary objects, for which hundreds of thousands of turtles have to lose their lives.

All eight species of sea turtles are threatened with extinction and therefore strictly protected by CITES, the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species.
Nevertheless, the number of animals - who have inhabited our oceans for over 150 million years - is constantly declining. Until four years ago, in Bali alone, an average of 25,000 sea turtles a year were brutally cut out of their shells alive! As a result of several action and campaigns by Indonesian and European animal welfare organizations, this number has dropped to around 3000 a year.

However, in view of sea turtles being threatened with extinction, every single life is important in order to preserve the population.

The objective of our new campaign is to collect as many signatures, statements and letters of protest as possible. We want the relevant authorities of Bali and Indonesia to be aware that people from all over the world will again focus on Bali`s sea turtles and call upon the government to stop it now forever. At the moment, Indonesia and Bali are both struggling for every single tourist. Tourism is very important for their economies, and anything that may harm their image is subsequently taken seriously. We can therefore be sure of obtaining the full attention of the authorities, although we intend to use more pressure and less diplomacy this time.

Sign now ! Once you have signed, please tell your friends about the terrible threat to these magnificent reptiles which have inhabited our oceans for over 150 million years!

The Petition will be given personally to the Governor of Bali Drs. I Dewa Made Beratha, by the ProFauna Organisation Indonesia and representative of SOS.Seaturtles

The Petition will be personally over given to the Governor of Bali Drs. I Dewa Made Beretha, by the ProFauna Organisation Indonesia and representative of SOS.Seaturtles.

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Monday, February 06, 2006

PEPPERED MORAY (Gymnothorax pictus)

Uncommon in Hawai`i, the Peppered Moray can be recognised by its fine black speckles which sometimes join to form diffuse spots.

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Posted by alohadean on 02/06 at 09:57 AM
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Fissured Nudibranch, Portlock Wall, Island of Oahu

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Stout Moray, Portlock Wall, Island of Oahu

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