capstone 2024 updates

Ariana’s Capstone Project involves the study of a special group of mollusks called nudibranchs (also called sea slugs).  She is conducting scuba diving trips to photograph, identify and map the nudibranchs found in a restricted area to the north of Kawaihae Harbor on the Island of Hawaii.  She has made three dives to date and has secured some nice photos of several different species of nudibranchs.  In addition, she is using drone footage to help map out the location of the individual animals observed to clarify habitat preferences.  A short video of her early work is shown below.


Capstone 2022-23 Updates

Alden Mazo is continuing her project from last year and is adding some additional aspects to her study.  She is beginning to look more closely at areas she has uncovered that seem to be very popular resting places with the Puako honu.  

For example, a pond at 142 Puako Beach Road is a favorite resting place for honu with as many as 25 or more resting in there at night.  Using a GoPro camera, Alden is attempting to get a count of how many come in each night and determine if they are the same ones using facial recognition from the photos taken as the turtles enter and leave the resting area.