By David Corrigan and Stephanie Salazar
(shark video courtesy National Park Service, photos courtesy Parker School)
KOHALA, Hawaii: In North Kohala news, Parker School marine science students traveled to Pelekane Bay to observe blacktip reef sharks. Oct. 2nd
The field trip provided the students with an opportunity to do research in conjunction with Hawaii Marine Mammal Consortium – or HMMC – , a non-profit organization based in Kawaihae.
The consortium conducts marine research and education.
Parker School’s marine science teacher, Susan Rickards, is a founder of HMMC. Rickards and two volunteers took the students down to the bay off PuuKohola Heiau, where blacktip reef sharks are commonly sighted.
The park rangers at the national monument often grab videos of the sharks swimming in the early morning hours. We spoke to Greg Cunningham about these sharks a short while ago.
Though just one shark was spotted on the morning of their trip, school officials say the students benefited greatly from the overall experience.