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Dan O'Brien '20

Dan O'Brien '20
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Day 6: Anchialine Pool Cleanup and Mauna Kea Summit

In the morning, we volunteered at Opae 'ula with the Hawaii State Parks to help clean up the Anchialine Pool On a beach right by the airport. First we did a short beach cleanup. Our main goal was to pick up the plastic that had washed up on the beach. Plastic doesn't decompose completely and is super harmful to...

Day 5: NELHA Tour and Blackwater Dive

At around 9:30 we left for another tour of the NELHA facilities. This time, we learned about their air conditioning system. In their, buildings, they create a convection current that pushes warm air into a gap in the roof, that then moves out of the building. Beneath the building, in the crawl space, they draw in cold, deep sea...

Day 4: Zodiac Boat and Manta Ray Dive

We started our day on the Zodiac boat. They're like really fast pontoon boats, and they're used by the Navy Seals. We sailed a few miles off shore and there we saw some Short-Finned Pilot Whales. They were all in groups of females with one male, that was larger than the females. There was even a neonatal pup, probably...

Day 3: First Dive

This morning, we left early for a two tank dive off of Honokohau Harbour. Our first dive was at a place called Sucle Er Up. At this site, it has a great big lava tube with lots of natural light from. It got its name from that lava tubes tendency to suck divers up and spit them out on the...

Day 2: Ocean Conservation Tour and Pololu Hike

Yesterday, we started the day off with the Ocean Conservation Tour. This was at the National Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA). We learned about a lot of interesting techniques that they are developing to meet our energy needs. One of these developments that I found most interesting, was Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, or OTEC. OTEC works by using the...

Day 1: Kona Arrival

The plane touched down at KOA today around two this afternoon. We met up with our hosts, the Hansens, and we drove about thirty minutes to where we're staying. The weather was very foggy today. There was lots of vog in the sky. Once we all got settled in our rooms, I went for a swim, and then had...

In Class First Post DO

I am very excited to study marine biology in Hawaii. I have only done one previous dive without an instructor with my friend Zach, but I am very excited to get better at the skill. I am also very excited to dive at Cook's Point. I have been snorkelling there, but I was pretty confined to a depth of around...