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How to Launch a 13-Ton Submarine Part 1

In part 1 of a two-episode look at the submersible operation at the Hawaii Undersea Research Lab, we meet Terry Kerby, a legend of the underwater world. Terry has been piloting submarines for over 30 years. He and his team recently redeployed an old technology to help them save money in times of reduced funding for scientific research. The LRT-30a is a barge that transports the sub out to its dive site. A team of divers then takes the barge underwater with the submarine still attached and proceeds to launch the sub while it is underwater.

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A Fish By Any Other Name

What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet

she wants us to believe names do not matter. But names of fish do matter and became a topic of national discussion earlier this year when a study showed how often the fish used in restaurants and markets around the country were mislabeled. In this episode of UnderH2O, we take a look at fish names on the coral reef. Common names, scientific names, and Hawaiian names (or names in any other language) are all used for different purposes and all serve a need.

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Damselfish in Distress

When a school of saddle wrasses discovers a nesting area where male damselfish are protecting their brood of freshly laid eggs, danger follows. The damselfish must sit by and watch as a saddle wrasse feeding frenzy ensues. Our cameras were rolling as this epic battle took shape.

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The Power of Waves

Everyone loves playing in the waves at the beach. Where do these waves come from? What determines how big they get? And what is it like to ride a really really big one? Take an epic ride with us in this episode that takes us in, under, and on top of the ocean of Waves.

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The Microscopic World of Corals

Corals are beautiful when seen through your own eyes in sunlight, but for scientists at the University of Hawaii, seeing corals in this manner is not enough. They are using a revolutionary new tool called a laser scanning confocal microscope to take photographs of corals that are one part art and one part science. In this episode, they take us along for a ride with this amazing new technology and show us corals in a way we have never seen them before.

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