We were lucky to get a personal tour today at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, or HIMB, through some friends of Sarah’s. The Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology is a world-renowned marine research institute of the School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Situated on Moku o Lo’e (Coconut Island) in Kane‘ohe Bay, HIMB provides excellent opportunities for tropical marine research located just 15 miles from the main campus and downtown Honolulu.
It was amazing. Utterly amazing. We saw beautiful creatures, learned a bunch of new things, and met some wonderful people. An interesting factoid: this island was the silhouette used in the opening credits of Gilligan’s Island!
We took a boat over to the island and as soon as we stepped onto the dock we saw gorgeous tropical fish swimming all around us.
Our guide showed us the different labs setup around the island. The first lagoon housed several sharks and a cute little pufferfish!
See the orange wormy thing next to the pufferfish? That’s a unique species of sea cucumber that thrives here. They were everywhere!
We visited a touch tank they had available and fed the Mushroom Coral. Watch the orange fish food flakes move from over the entire coral to the coral’s mouth. We never once saw it move, but somehow it managed it!
We saw how acidity affects the sand, and learned how global warming is changing the ocean environment.
We brought home some coconuts from Coconut Island and Ty and Bryan enjoyed some fresh coconut water.