For the past 4 yrs I have been answering the question,
"Why do they call it Shark's Cove?" Most of the time, my explanation
includes "It looks like a shark took a bite out of the land,"
or "There is a rock that looks like a shark fin when viewed from
In honor of the passing of Steve Irwin (the Crocodile Hunter) we are featuring the Hawaiian Stingray (Hawaiian name- lupe or hihimanu). Steve Irwin was second only to Jacques Cousteau regarding generating awareness of our environment and the importance of the animals in it. As crazy as he was on his shows, no other individual in today's world did more for global conservation. We believe that Steve would not want the creature that took his life to be viewed as a vicious killer.
A close relative
to the shark, stingrays are beautiful animals that play a key role in
our marine ecosystem. They glide with effortless movement through the
water, the result of millions of years of design perfection. Hawaiian
stingrays can be seen anywhere while diving the islands, just not seen
very often. Usually scouring the ocean floor searching for crabs and
The tail does contain
a venomous barb, which the ray will raise as a warning or for protection
if startled or attacked. As you can see from the video, I get pretty
close to some big rays and they appear as docile as ever. I'm just going
to approach them from the side from now on, if I can.
Dive Site of the month
Sea Life: Turtles, Turtles, Turtles and more Turtles! Octopus, Rays, Eels, Reef fish, …and sometimes White tip Sharks. Spinner Dolphin often accompanies the dive boats to and from the site.
Located on Oahu's west side, Makaha Caverns is a great dive for all levels of experience. Accessible by boat (or shore, but the swim is long) the site contains vast marine life swarming the reef tops. The caverns make great swim-thru's, creating unique hiding places for sleeping turtles and white tip sharks. This video shows a day where the turtles were quite abundant along with what appears to be a 6+ ft pregnant female white tip shark!
Well Peeps (now renamed Poop Head, cause
she does) is all grown up. Check out our past newsletter, March 05,
to see her as a baby chick, Past newsletters are located at the bottom
of our website homepage. She is quite the egg layer and rules the yard!
Check out her latest video to see her in action with KD, our Sheltie
mix dog. They are great friends and playmates. Please do not try this
at home (like anyone else but us has a chicken, except in the freezer).
KEEP OUR OCEANS BLUE