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The ocean plays a huge role in controlling Earth’s climate. Large amounts of energy from the sun are absorbed by the ocean, and that heat gets redistributed around the world by large-scale ocean currents. Changes in these currents are predicted to occur as the earth warms, resulting in changes to both small scale and large scale weather and climate.
The Hawaiʻian Islands chain found in the Pacific Ocean is the most isolated Archipelago, located approximately 2,550 miles southwest of Los Angeles and about 3,900 miles southeast of Tokyo.
Why are people so worried about plastic pollution in the ocean? Plastics break into smaller plastic pieces, but never completely break down. The tiny plastic pieces get eaten by small fish and crustaceans, which then get eaten by bigger fish, albatrosses, whales, and sharks. These plastics can cause serious harm once ingested resulting in starvation, and internal injuries. Remember, plastics are forever.
Even though it’s harder for humans to hear when underwater, sound travels much faster and farther in the ocean than in the air. That allows some animals, like humpback whales, to communicate over very large distances and is why you can sometimes hear them singing loudly while underwater during the winter months.
The Hōkūleʻa is a double hulled voyaging canoe built as a replica of the canoes that ancient Polynesians used to sail to Hawaiʻi. The Hōkūleʻa completed an amazing trip across the Pacific Ocean in 1976 without the use of modern instruments to and from Tahiti. Hōkūleʻa embarked on a trip around the world in June 2013 to share the importance of traditional knowledge, sustainability, and environmental conservation.
Photo: NOAA PIFSC In the waters off Hawaii Island, Hawaii (Big Island) marine researchers have documented fish communities in under-explored mesophotic reefs. These reef communities provide essential habitat for fish and invertebrates and may play an important role in preserving biodiversity. The depth at which these reefs exist (beyond the photic zone) may offer a “refuge” from disturbance and stress as compared to shallower reef environments. However, this depth poses a challenge for marine researchers in collecting and observing the biological communities. Until the development of... (more)