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Types of Seabirds to See on Sailing Tours in Molokai, HI; Wedge Tailed Shearwater, Sooty Tern & More
Enjoying a day at sea certainly has amazing sights and fresh sea air to take in. For those that don’t get to frequent the experience, taking it all in stimulates the senses and sometimes the enchanting beauty of the different aspects gets lost in the scene. Scheduling time on Gemini Sailing Tours offers more to see than just the wildlife in the ocean, but in the sky as well. Seabirds have a finesse, beauty, and grace. Watching these magnificent birds dancing in the air are just as beautiful as seeing the whales dive. With that in mind, we at Gemini Sailing Tours would like to take the opportunity to share some basic information on the birds of the sea.
Types of Seabirds Found in Hawaii
There a number of seabirds in Hawaii; Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Bulwer’s Petrel, Sooty Tern, Brown Booby, Newell’s Shearwater (Endangered), Band-rumped Storm-petrel (Endangered), White-tailed Tropicbird, Red-footed Booby, Hawaiian Petrel (Endangered), Black (Hawaiian) Noddy, Red-tailed Tropicbird, and Great Frigatebird. A seabird has specific features which gives them the ability to adapt to the sealife.
Common Seabird Features
1) Webbed feet: Used to swim, dive, and chase fish.
2) Dull colors: To provide structural support to the feathers, grey and black pigments are standard. They contribute to sun resistance, surf, wind and salt.
3) Counter-shading: Among many animals that live at sea, including seabirds, are the dark on top, light underneath color patterns. It offers camouflage from aerial and underwater predators.
4) Tube nose: Allowing them to smell their food from miles away across the ocean, many seabirds in Hawaii have nostrils enclosed in tubes.
Pelagic Hawaiian Shore Birds
These birds that have adapted to the life in a marine environment are seabirds, as we previously mentioned, pelagic seabirds have further evolved to live life primarily in the open ocean. Providing a habitat to millions of migratory and nesting seabirds, the state of Hawaii, and Kauai and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in particular safeguard the seabirds. Though seabirds live longer, breed later and have fewer young than other birds do, they invest a great deal of time in their young. Nesting in colonies, most species, approximately 95%, range in size from a few dozen birds to millions of members. Crossing the equator or circumnavigating the Earth in some cases, a lot of species are famous for undertaking long annual migrations. Seabirds will feed both on the ocean’s surface and just below the water line as well as on each other. In some cases, seabirds will spend a part of the year away from the sea entirely and can also be highly pelagic and coastal.
Sailing Tours & Charters in Honolua Bay, Lahaina, Ka’anapali Beach, Turtle Town in Olowalu, Molokai, Lanai, & West Maui, Hawaii
At Gemini Sailing Tours, we have a few selections you can book to explore the sea. No matter which option appeals to you, you can expect to see a number of seabirds. Their aerial ballets, their daring dives, and their dignified grace is truly a beauty to behold among the sights to be seen and the animals to observe. If you vacationing to Hawaii don’t forget to book your Gemini Sailing Tour adventure to experience Hawaii’s open sea.