Ocean Watch Columns – 2013

January

Monday, January  7, 2013 Box crabs hide in the sand and wait to surprise snails
Monday, January 14, 2013 Curious creatures wash up on shores when winds blow
Monday, January 21, 2013 For male humpbacks, trip to isles is all about mating

February

Monday, February 11, 2013 Palmyra’s native species rebound after rats’ removal
Monday, February 18, 2013 Spaghetti worm gets name from noodlelike tentacles
Monday, February 25, 2013 Crowds of Palmyra’s crabs chow down on rats’ remains

March

Monday, March 4, 2013 Lacking certainty of harm, starfish should not be killed
Monday, March 11, 2013 Portuguese man-of-wars run aground in high wind
Monday, March 18, 2013 Baffled by which fish to eat, peanut butter sandwich wins
Monday, March 25, 2013 Some aquatic worm species pack painful toxins in sting

April

Monday, April 1, 2013 Experiencing wildlife requires but little effort
Monday, April 8, 2013 Voyagers get an aloha from riotous marine life
Monday, April 15, 2013 Seabirds escort sea trek but they also stain the jib
Monday, April 22, 2013 Voyagers transit the calm where hemispheres abut
Monday, April 29, 2013 Rays of sun peek through stormy offshore sailing trip

May

Monday, May 6, 2013 Long, arduous voyage dims against Marquesas’ dazzle
Monday, May 13, 2013 Adult jacks bump to grind the juveniles of their kind
Monday, May 20, 2013 Childhood dream realized at anchor in Tuamoto isles
Monday, May 27, 2013 Tuamotos’ marine life vies for attention, but worms win

June

Monday, June 3, 2 013 Swimming with reef sharks not fearful, but fun events
Monday, June 10, 2 013 Arduous voyage enriched by following variable wind
Monday, June 17, 2 013 There’s no place like home for Internet, photo sharing
Monday, June 24, 2 013 Nudibranch protects itself by recycling toxins of others

July

Monday, July 1, 2013 Gobies form partnership with shrimp for survival
Monday, July 8, 2013 Spanish dancer’s flare, eggs attract many devoted fans
Monday, July 15, 2013 Similar slimy fishing forms mix up worm, snail identity
Monday, July 22, 2013 Dazzling iridescence earns this seaweed its nickname
Monday, July 29, 2013 Beyond serpentine shape, eels and snakes not related

August

Monday, August 5, 2013 Dragonet ‘discovery’ proves ocean’s teeming surprises
Monday, August 12, 2013 Walking the plank in Tahiti reveals an aquatic pageant
Monday, August 19, 2013 Lovely, lethal lion fish likely lunched on a jittery friend
Monday, August 26, 2013 For some sea cucumbers, back ends stave off enemies

September

Monday, September 2, 2013 Reef flat stymies efforts to reach Tetiaroa’s shore
Monday, September 9, 2013 Sharp teeth, aggressive ways turn triggerfish into a terror
Monday, September 16, 2013 Picture-perfect anemone triggers happy thoughts
Monday, September 23, 2013 When sailing life gets old, adventure renews spirits
Monday, September 30, 2013 Cleaner wrasses exfoliate, pick parasites from others

October

Monday, October 7, 2013 Storm was full of menace but is now a grand memory
Monday, October 14, 2013 Wana spines offer refuge for tiny domino damselfish
Monday, October 21, 2013 Kolea’s seasonal journey is a beloved ritual in isles
Monday, October 28, 2013 Vertical-hanging oarfish renews marvel of the sea

November

Monday, November 4, 2013 Plovers and people do well living close to each other
Monday, November 11, 2013 Human light sources can confuse fledgling seabirds
Monday, November 18, 2013 Sea horses need secrecy to avoid collectors’ nets
Monday, November 25, 2013 Kaena Point is hard to beat for watching nature’s glory

December

Monday, December 2, 2013 Very few shark species pose a danger to humans
Monday, December 9, 2013 Exhibit reveals distinction, beauty of Niihau shell lei
Monday, December 16, 2013 Neptune notwithstanding, beached whales are baffling
Monday, December 23, 2013 Hawaii’s starfish protected from fatal wasting disease
Monday, December 30, 2013 Tasty snail species leaves pearly shells as gifts of sea


Marine biologist Susan Scott writes the newspaper column, “Ocean Watch”, for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, www.staradvertiser.com