Sunday, March 25, 2012

More supplies

The Kahana came back this week.  This time they are also making stops at Tern, Laysan, and Kure to switch out crews.  We've still got the Kure crew here helping us out so we've been able to plant a lot more bunchgrass than usual.  We've got another good visitor group here this week, and the weather is finally getting less windy.  They'll finally be able to hold their cameras steady for pictures.

We also got out snorkeling this week for the first time in a long time.  It was great, as always.  I didn't take a lot of pictures this week, on land at least, so I've got mostly underwater ones this time.

The Kahana brought more food supplies and fuel.  They'll be going up to Kure Atoll in a couple of days before they head back to Honolulu via Laysan Island and Tern Island.

 Here's a hybrid albatross that I haven't seen before.

 Here's a Hawaiian turkeyfish that was upside down on the roof of a little cave.  This is the first time I've ever seen one of these. 

This is a belted wrasse and a saddle wrasse.

 A female surge wrasse swims above the coral.

 The coral in the area that we went to on Sunday is the nicest that I know of in the atoll.

The shortnosed wrasses are colorful little fish.

Here's a Hawaiian spiny lobster next to a slate pencil urchin.

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