USA Hawaii (Kona) - March 31, 2018

Published by Lance Tanino (lance.tanino AT

Participants: Lance Tanino, Brad Argue, Sharif Uddin, Kurt Pohlman, Joshua Rudolph, Chris Burney


Twelve nature enthusiasts from near (Kona, Mauna Lani, Waimea) and far (O'ahu, Oregon, Texas, Florida) endured eight hours of pelagic birding (frigatebird, terns, noddies, petrels, shearwaters, tropicbirds, boobies) and other wildlife (Spinner Dolphin and Spotted Dolphin pods, gigantic Marlin, Spearfish, Green Turtle).

Between the hours of 6:30 AM and 2:30 PM we covered 72.5 miles of the Pacific Ocean and encountered the following species:

The next pelagic trip is set for SATURDAY, APRIL 14th. Email for signing up and information.

Species Lists

HAWAIIAN PETREL - 2; endangered endemic

Bulwer's Petrel - 15

Wedge-tailed Shearwater - 19

Sooty Shearwater - 7; migrant passing through the islands

NEWELL'S SHEARWATER - 1; endangered endemic

Procellariid sp. - 3

Leach's Storm-Petrel - 2; migrant passing through

White-tailed Tropicbird - 3

Great Frigatebird - 1

Masked Booby - 1

Brown Booby - 1

Red-footed Booby - 1

Brown Noddy - 4

Black Noddy - 2

Brown/Black Noddy sp. - 1

White Tern - 11


Spinner Dolphin (one pod)

Spotted Dolphin (a very large pod that covered a large area)


Marlin - A gigantic individual was hooked by another boat and observed on the horizon thrashing the water surface and leaping completely out of the water.

Spearfish - While trolling one was brought on board.

Flying Fish - Numerous throughout the day


Green Turtle - 3