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‘Ōpae ‘ula observes humans at play

September 10, 2014

Sometimes a fresh perspective can make all the difference.

The NPS Inventory & Monitoring Program regularly tests the water quality in the anchialine pools (unique brackish water pools) of Hawai’i island’s national parks. Many of these coastal pools harbor several species of ‘ōpae ‘ula. These tiny red shrimp are native to Hawaii and are often a sign of a healthy brackish water body.

We thought it might be interesting to film water quality monitoring from an ‘ōpae’s perspective. Might they be curious about the giant probes temporarily invading their homes? Either way, our visits to these anchialine pools do create a momentary stir. But 20 minutes later, the scientists leave the pool just as we found it, with water samples in hand and all kinds of data (e.g. temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen) recorded on our instruments.

We’ll see each other again in about three months. Until then, Aloha.

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