South Point is one of the Big Island’s hottest shore dives! Access to deep water and oceanic currents makes for an incredible combination of akule scad, rare reef life, and the possibility for some amazing pelagic encounters! In recent years however, South Point has grown filthy from human use. Beer cans, fishing line, kites, and …

Black Water: Squid

Most squid, Sthenoteuthis included, have less than a year to be born, grow, and reproduce before they expire.  This translates into an incredibly high metabolism. Young squid in captivity can eat nearly half their body weight five times per day 2.5 times their body weight per day! That would be like me eating 450lbs of food! …

Black Water: Beroe

Meet the Beroe This week we celebrate the genus of ctenophores known as Beroe.  Ctenophores as a group all move by coordinating rows of beating cilia.  They occupy all marine ecosystems, can be quite large and their beauty will entrance even seasoned blackwater divers.  They have limited few rudimentary senses and no central nervous system. …

Black Water: Salp

A single salp oozoid that will never get laid. Salps are the most common organism in the epipelagic environment and thus, far and away the most common animals we see on a blackwater.  Unlike most of the blackwater inhabitants, salps, aka tunicates or sea squirts, share our Phylum chordata.  That means that at some point …