Manta Ray named “Ultimate”

Save Maui's Manta Rays Team just sent out an update on their tagging research. We are grateful to be a part of their research team by donating the Wildlife Tag to help support ray research and learn how to better protect our marine ocean life! Here's the update! "On May 1, 2015, an adult male manta ray that we named “Ultimate” was tagged with a Wildlife Computer Satellite Tag generously donated by Lee James and Ultimate Whale Watch. This tag was equipped with state of the art “FastLoc” technology for recording GPS quality position data each time the tag antennae reaches the surface. In addition, [...]

Giving the Ocean EARs

EARs- aka Ecological Acoustic Recorders are new technology being used by researchers to monitor coral reef soundscapes among other purposes! According to NOAA, "The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center and the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, developed the EAR program for these purposes: Establish patterns of sound-producing organisms in nearshore waters Monitor sound-producing marine species and their patterns and activity levels. Establish long-term trends in acoustic activity of reef organisms (e.g., fishes and shrimps) and observe changes within seasons, temperature, currents, and tidal cycles, among other environmental influences Determine levels of human activity, like blast [...]

Dolphins, Whales and Research, OH MY!

Yet to be published, Robin Baird, Research Biologist with Cascadia Research Collective and Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, has shared some current results of their work from a resent research project they partnered with Ultimate on!      (Yep these are Melon-Headed whales!) Their research abstracts include info on false killer whales, their social, fishing and population stats; Rough toothed bottlenose dolphins (bet you didn't know there was such thing), where they spend their time, and also how pilot whales are influence by the moon, seasons, shark bites and habits and genetic info from other marine mammals including melon-headed whales (picture those guys! [...]

Can something as simple as Sunscreen damage the reef and our Marine Eco-System?

FACT! The chemicals in many sunscreens causes direct damage to the reef which provides food, shelter and breeding grounds for many marine animals. Close to 14,000 TONS of sunscreen end up on the reef every year! To promote healthy sunscreen choices that protect the reef, Ultimate is now offering complimentary REEF-SAFE Sunscreen to our guests on all our snorkel trips! When buying sunscreen look for ingredients like titanium or zinc oxide and AVOID the following ingredients:  Oxybenzone Butylparaben Octinoxate 4-Methylbenzylidine Camphor Unfortunately chemical like oxybenzone, draw nutrients from coral and bleach it white. They can also disrupt the life cycles and growth of fish and other marine [...]

Protect the Reef, Protect all Ocean Life

Last month, Ultimate was able to assist with research conducted by the 100 Island Challenge Group. Their campaign has been to conduct surveys of the reef across the Pacific. Why so many studies of our reef systems? Because the ocean's reef is the beating heart of the rest of the Marine World, here in Hawaii and the rest of the world. Without a healthy reef system, the rest of the food chain cannot survive.  Documenting/photographing Maui, Hawaii's reef systems and what effects them, will in turn give us the tools to better protect them, revive them and keep our ocean teaming with [...]

Ultimate Host NASA Research Project

Ultimate Whale Watch and Snorkel was stoked to support this month’s project that including conducting research on Maui's reef using NASA's state-of-the-art satellite sensors. Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Tom Bell and his team of NASA scientist spent  week on our Ultimate Raft shooting photos  and documenting Maui's reef.  NASA's goal was to use both underwater images and satellite sensors to test new ways of measuring and documenting various form of reef degradation, with the hopes it can be applied on a global scale to learn more about coral reef recovery.   Want to help support this research and other projects? It's easy just join us for [...]

Ultimate Helps Support Recent Endangered Species Research

Ultimate Whale Watch and Snorkel was honored to financially support this month’s research project focused on learning more about the endangered False Killer Whales aka Pseudorca. With less than 150 of these animals left in Hawaii, learning how to better protect them is a research priority. Lead researcher, Robin Baird, Ph.D, Research Biologist, Cascadia Research Collective and Affiliate Faculty, Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology determined their goal for this project was to learn more about false killer whales through tagging, photography documentation, and biopsy samples. Their 3 week project based out of Manele Bay, Lanai was very successful, and included [...]

Maui Bottlenose, Spinner And Spotted Dolphins

Dolphins are amazing marine creatures, some of the most intelligent and well-balanced species of mammals. This is especially showcased in the rearing of their young.This video from National Geographic highlights some of the one-on-one training between mama and calf (baby dolphin). She communicates with her dolphin sounds and her calf follows her moves by imitating them. Learning how to swim special moves, finding food and play time are all very important to this mother, baby duo training time. Teaching the importance of using their special sonar system called echolocation, which helps them find the location of fish meals that [...]