The real wildlife of … Maui.

Maui Observations (Part Two)

– There are no skunks, bears, or any really awesome furry creatures.  They have sharks, whales, fish things, spiders, wild cats, and boars.  Which we didn’t get to eat … oh and cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis), that walk like their drunk and have no bones:


– Speaking of birds.  There are so many birds!! When you leave the grocery store and think, “Wow, those leaves sure are moving in the wind …” and then realize that its not windy … and then listen more closely to the massive sound emanating from the tree … well, you usually conclude that either the entire tree is going to lift up, or the world is ending.  Or you run to the car.

– There are no poisonous spiders in Maui.  But eff, there are a lot of tree spiders.  I learned to always walk behind someone, so their faces and heads could first go through the spider webs … shhh, don’t even worry about why I’m walking in synchrony behind you … I’m your new shadow. Spider shadow.

– It’s not just a surfing term, there are actually many tubular things in Hawaii.  Like mini-hot dog things with toppings and many a mongoose. Also delicious chocolate covered bananas, which I have a picture of but will spare you. Just know its delicious.


– Back to birds again.  In my opinion, the birds in Maui are definitely depressed and have severe suicidal tendencies. At one point on our way to Hana, a bird (that I presume must have just left its suicide note with its family) simply chucked itself in front of the passenger side windshield. How he made it out I don’t know, but I definitely yelled, “BIRD SUICIDE!!” and covered my eyes as it happened.  Why so sad birds?  You live in friggen Maui!

– Wow the snorkeling is beautiful.  We were lucky to check out the Molokini crater without too big of a crowd (or sharks … well except for that reef shark that the snuba people saw …).  Christina and I saw a leopard eel and some cool blue, yellow, black, and red fish. So glad we did this – thank you so much to Kat and her friend Tiffany for this experience.  If you find yourself in Maui, check out the excursion on the Pride of Maui for sure.

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– And finally, sometimes you meet people in the dark, during a full moon while on an outrigger canoe.  Since you’re open to adventure, you think, sure, I’ll try this outrigger ocean canoeing for the first time ever, at night, with strangers.  Then, moments after you just watched your new local Hawaiian friends do headstands, in the centre plank of your non-motorized boat, a little family of enormous humpback whales swim three meters from your canoe.  Right THERE. The beautiful giants then dive down below your canoe, causing the boat to ripple, and your mind fully just explodes. (You also hold Christina’s hand with a birth grip, because, HOLY SHIT WHALES!)

Whale Facts (courtesy of Christina’s lovely Mum):

  • The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms. Wikipedia
  • Scientific name: Megaptera novaeangliae
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Size:48 to 62.5 ft (14.6 to 19 m)
  • Weight:40 tons (36 metric tons) or 36,000 kg!!!!
  • Group name:Pod
  • Protection status:Endangered
  • Size relative to a bus:

Illustration: Humpback whale compared with bus


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