Hawaiian wildlife, large and small

We saw some interesting wildlife while we were in Hawaii.  Here is a sample of what we found without really looking.

ants at the "watering hole"

These ants made me smile.  After climbing up to the top and back down inside Diamond Head crater, we treated ourselves to the water ice at the stand in the parking lot at the bottom.  Someone before us had left some drips on the picnic table and these tiny ants were having a feast.  They reminded me of animals in Africa coming to the precious watering hole to drink.

geckogeckogecko

Geckos were everywhere, sunning themselves and looking for lunch.  Some of them would periodically flash the bright red flap under their neck.  We caught a little one but the big ones were pretty fast.  They let us get rather close, though before scurrying away.

praying mantisThis praying mantis was hanging out in the fabulous cactus garden at the local community college.

sand crabEver wonder what lives in those little holes on the beach?  We had to be patient to see the little sand crabs that would venture out.  They were varied in color and size, pitching armfuls of sand aside as they dug out their burrows.

hermit crabThis little blue-eyed hermit crab was living in one of the tidal pools among the volcanic rocks exposed at low tide out by Ka’ena Point, a wildlife preserve on the western most tip of Oahu.

sea cucumberWe did actually look for this sea cucumber.  His belly was covered with little tube feet and in the water, the little brown dots on his back sprouted soft feelers.  Very cool!  This was also from the tide pools at Ka’ena point.

wedge-tailed shearwater burrowThis is the burrow of the wedge-tailed shearwater.  These sea birds nest in the summer in burrows that they dig into the sand dunes at Ka’ena point.  There was a mother sitting on a nest in there, but you’ll have to take my word for it since it was so dark inside.  The Laysan Albatrosses also nest here, but in the winter and on top of the dunes.

Monk sealsMonk sealMonk seals are one of the two native mammals on Hawaii and can be seen hanging out on the Ka’ena coastline.  They are endangered and it was a special treat to see three of them while we were there.  There was a marine biologist out at the point watching the seals and trying to identify them.  The top photo is of Benny and Kirby, identified by the tags on their flippers.  The other  seal wouldn’t show his tag.

It goes without saying that we saw lots of fish and several sea turtles when we were snorkeling at Shark’s Cove on the north shore.  Hawaii is a beautiful and magical place.  I am always amazed at the variety and beauty that God has created.

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1 Response to “Hawaiian wildlife, large and small”


  1. 1 Norma July 13, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    You must have been in your glory with all that fascinating wild life. I love the beach scenes.


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