Endangered O`ahu Tree Snail: Achatinella/pūpWhile she was on a hike recently, she spotted this little guy... a native happy face spider! (Don't look if you're afraid of spiders... although these little guys are nice!) They're a little rare/ endangered, and the only place they are found in the entire world is in Hawai`i (and then only on four of our eight main islands: O`ahu, Moloka`i, Hawai`i Island, and Maui). So its nice that this one had eggs! You can read more about happy face spiders here. In case you didn't know, Hawai`i is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, thanks to millions of years of geographic isolation. Hawai`i is also known as the "endangered species capital of the world," which means that there are more endangered species per square mile in our Islands than in any other place on the planet; unfortunately, we are also the extinction capital of the world :(
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Nothing really to blog about...
I haven't been up to much lately (no crafting and no fun!) so I don't have much to share with you guys today... it's also the reason I've been so quiet on my blog! Instead, my sister said I could share this with you. She recently got a new job as a lab assistant at the University (she's very science-y) and she is going on all of these fantastic hikes on our island to look at/ collect snails that are native to Hawai`i (she'll be going in a helicopter for a project soon!)