The water visibility on 2017.08.20 was fairly good even for the mouth of the Kawaihae South Small Boat Harbor , KSSBH. This area as evident on the Google map above is often plagued with sediment. The coral recovery here is similar to inside of the harbor along the break wall, about 10-15% recovered. The sight … More Fauna of Pelekane Bay Vicinity 8.20.2107
Northwestern island of the Hawaiian chains are under a coral bleaching alert watch. Sea water temperature was cooler at the beginning of June 2017 then June 2016. Overall temperatures cycles are similar.
This large mound coral about 10 ft diameter, Porites lutea, is in recovery mode. It is located northwest of Maumae beach south of Kawaihae Reef. The fish are 5″-6″ long for scale comparison.