The following are pictures and descriptions of
sea slugs that were found off of
the day before departure, and shows the amazing diversity of tiny marine animals
beneath our noses.
kahuna - off Keehi Lagoon, Oahu. Opisthobranch, nudibranch. Showing poisonous defensive mantle glands (frilly crescent in rear) used to discourage predators with toxic secretions. Found during rubble extraction. Size: 15 mm. Photo by Corey Pittman.
Tambja morosa - off Keehi Lagoon. Nudibranch. Feeds on bryozoans. Found in coral rubble. Hand picked. Size: ~35 mm. Photo by Corey Pittman.
Chelidonura hirundinina - off Keehi Lagoon. Opisthobranch, relative of bubble shells, it has a small internal shell. Feeds on tiny flatworms ~2 mm. Sucks the flatworms in. Found in coral rubble. Rubble extraction. Size: ~10 mm. Photo by Corey Pittman.
*All images and information from French Frigate Shoals are provided
courtesy of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument,
Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the Northwestern Hawaiian
Islands State Marine Refuge, and NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries
Science Center in accordance with permit numbers NWHIMNM-2006-015,
2006-01, 2006-017, and DLNR.NWHI06R021 and associated amendments.
on one of the following areas to follow the expedition.
activities of the ship: what research is being done that
day, what the weather is like, what's for dinner, etc.
or semi-daily personal journal entries by the particpants
in the expedition. These journals do not necessarily reflect
the positions of any of the agencies connected with this
Interviews with expedition participants, scientists,
vessel crew, educators, etc.
Highlights or special information such as interesting
discoveries or related research.