Ocean Watch Columns – 2015

January

Monday, January  5, 2015 Coconut crab in the road no monster, merely thirsty
Monday, January 12, 2015 Albatross egg discrepancy explained by 2-female pairs
Monday, January 19, 2015 When a turtle needs aid, call help via shell-phone
Monday, January 26, 2015 Laysan albatross population proliferates at Kaena Point

February

Monday, February 2, 2015 Tiny, hearty crustaceans thrive in muddy road ruts
Monday, February 9, 2015 Readers’ stories illustrate concern for marine animals
Monday, February 16, 2015 Here is one cephalopod that will be tough to forget
Monday, February 23, 2015 Town harbors mixed views over its sea lion population

March

Monday, March 2, 2015 Vultures’ immune systems let them scarf down carrion
Monday, March 23, 2015 Fresh water rife with life but lacks seas’ buoyancy
Monday, March 30, 2015 Large salps on West Coast get their name from a Titan

April

Monday, April 6, 2015 Our Pacific golden plovers prepare for Alaska flight
Monday, April 13, 2015 Scientific name for fish doesn’t quite do it justice
Monday, April 20, 2015 Scorpionfish can be tough to spot, even inches away
Monday, April 27, 2015 Rock-boring sea urchins excavate homes in reefs

May

Monday, May 4, 2015 Nature’s mightiest material gives opihi teeth their bite
Monday, May 11, 2015 Messages arrive on the tide to please a seagoing scribe
Monday, May 18, 2015 Ribbon worm’s star turn shows its dynamic range
Monday, May 25, 2015 Mantis shrimp look fragile but pack a powerful punch

June

Monday, June 1, 2015 Size of tusks determines walruses’ pecking order
Monday, June 8, 2015 If fish’s spikes don’t get you, it’s razor-sharp teeth might
Monday, June 15, 2015 Man and fish die in fight between apex predators
Monday, June 22, 2015 Saving Great Barrier Reef has been an uphill battle
Monday, June 29, 2015 Australian darters hunt by stalking and stabbing

July

Monday, July 13, 2015 Atoll’s abundant wildlife, towering trees worth a visit
Monday, July 20, 2015 Lousy weather paves way for some unexpected fun
Monday, July 27, 2015 To unusual species of crab, life’s just a series of spheres

August

Monday, August 3, 2015 Some sea cucumber species use poison to stop predators
Monday, August 10, 2015 Much-loved migratory birds are winging back to the isles
Monday, August 17, 2015 Albatrosses receive help to prep for high sea level
Monday, August 24, 2015 Tiny blennies may be cute but they have a mean bite
Monday, August 31, 2015 Not all octopus mating ends with male’s death

September

Monday, September 7, 2015 Cyclones present obstacles to the Pacific golden plover
Monday, September 14, 2015 Yellowstripe goatfish use spiky beard to detect prey
Monday, September 21, 2015 It’s a fact: A squid’s a squid and an octopus is an octopus
Monday, September 28 2015 Writer none the worse after close encounter with moray

October

Monday, October 5, 2015 Puffer fish armed with toxin in addition to its spiny body
Monday, October 12, 2015 Kangaroos are surprisingly excellent ocean swimmers
Monday, October 19, 2015 Putting a boat back in water can be adventurous in itself
Monday, October 24, 2015 Silence is a rare commodity in the land of the sooty tern

November

Monday, November 2, 2015 Violet snails build their own bubble rafts and float away
Monday, November 9, 2015 Palau is a wonderful world and the plovers are a plus
Monday, November 16, 2015 A snorkeler adrift in Palau finds underwater rewards
Monday, November 23, 2015 Pajama cardinal fish makes Palau snorkeling a pleasure
Monday, November 30, 2015 These jellyfish hardly sting but a snorkeler is entranced

December

Monday, December 7, 2015 Sponges are diverse animals that pioneered filter feeding
Monday, December 14, 2015 Turtles rebound in Hawaii, but most use 1 nesting site
Monday, December 21, 2015 Sea cucumbers in demand as both cuisine and cure-all
Monday, December 28, 2015 Midway’s like a dance floor for amorous albatrosses


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