Ocean Watch Columns – 2014

January

Monday, January  13, 2014 Chitons used in old Hawaii in rites for firstborn babies
Monday, January  20, 2014 Bold paddle-boarder helps a yellow-bellied sea snake
Monday, January  27, 2014 Various shorebirds join plovers in winter migration

February

Monday, February 3, 2014 Anchialine shrimp thrive in a troubled environment
Monday, February 10, 2014 Friendly false killer whales known to share their catch
Monday, February 17, 2014 Passed gas from bacteria is what we smell at seashore
Monday, February 24, 2014 Eyesight plays crucial part in keeping fish in schools

March

Monday, March 3, 2014 Reef lobsters’ antennae make them easy to spot
Monday, March 10, 2014 Gars, unevolved for eons, can breathe and store air
Monday, March 17, 2014 Beaches laden with sea life deposited by windy weather
Monday, March 24, 2014 Parrotfish may be a suspect in the case of the weird blob
Monday, March 31, 2014 Boat provides a challenge too daunting to sail solo

April

Monday, April 7, 2014 Captivating stony corals get a reluctant au revoir
Monday, April 14, 2014 Hollywood take on voyaging smoother than in real life
Monday, April 21, 2014 The sea snakes of Niue are harmless swimmers
Monday, April 28, 2014 Fascinating anemones, fish are worth a bit of discomfort

May

Monday, May 5, 2014 Reefs, rocks and wrecks punctuate sail into Suva
Monday, May 12, 2014 Calm seas and light wind make for a pleasure cruise
Monday, May 19, 2014 New Caledonia provides comfort after the storm
Monday, May 26, 2014 Friendly, sedate sea snakes can be lethal but rarely are

June

Monday, June 2, 2014 All over but the recounting, trip had plenty of highlights
Monday, June 9, 2014 Navigating through customs can be frustrating, comical
Monday, June16, 2014 Book about sea creatures offers profiles of the bizarre
Monday, June 23, 2014 Cone snails are beautiful, but also potentially lethal
Monday, June 30, 2014 Maimed cornetfish defies odds with lengthy survival

July

Monday, July 7, 2014 Summer warmth, long days spawn an abundance of fry
Monday, July 14, 2014 Toxic specks of seaweed can give you a nasty rash
Monday, July 21, 2014 Boring worms living in shells are fascinating creatures
Monday, July 28, 2014 Surfer injured getting stuck by the beak of a needlefish

August

Monday, August 4, 2014 Hawaiian sergeant males perform duties with zeal
Monday, August 11, 2014 Airborne to avoid predators, flyingfish get eaten by birds
Monday, August 18, 2014 Koleas return after a busy season of laying huge eggs
Monday, August 25, 2014 Bright colors and designs give fish a flashy disguise

September

Monday, September 1, 2014 Fish reproduction an intriguing process
Monday, September 8, 2014 Ocean’s power transforms glass from litter into glitter
Monday, September 15, 2014 7-11 crab gets its name from its array of spots
Monday, September 22, 2014 Oahu’s upside-down jellyfish came in ships’ ballast water
Monday, September 29, 2014 Fantail filefish populations ebb and flow over the years

October

Monday, October 6, 2014 The graceful green turtle inspires name for sailboat
Monday, October 13, 2014 Rescued dugongs thrive with help from aquarium
Monday, October 20, 2014 Curious minke whale makes a rare offshore appearance
Monday, October 28, 2014 Tiny velella sail by before stormy seas

November

Monday, November 3, 2014 Dolphins frequent shoreline to snack and let us interact
Monday, November 10, 2014 So many fantastic colors decorate snorkeler’s view
Monday, November 17, 2014 Waters off Palau are home to treasure trove of sea life
Monday, November 24, 2014 Collector urchins munch up fast-growing invasive algae

December

Monday, December 1, 2014 Acid-making tissue helps giant clams thrive on reefs
Monday, December 8, 2014 Blossomlike zoanthids join to form colorful mats
Monday, December 15, 2014 Equine fate in question when encountering eels
Monday, December 22, 2014 Turtle-cleaning station raises islander’s spirits
Monday, December 29, 2014 Emails reveal shared love of sea creatures worldwide

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