The Great Barrier Reef: Still Great!

July 31, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720
Sea hare

Sea hare

Matinée presentation:

Recent news reports have proclaimed that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is dying as the result of sequential, massive coral bleaching events.  The Great Barrier Reef—one of our planet’s greatest natural treasures and the only living structure visible from outer space—developed over hundreds of thousands of years and is home to one of Earth’s most complex ecosystems.  Surveys of the northernmost sections of the reef reveal an unprecedented die-off in the stony corals that make up the reef, which scientists and the Australian Government say is due to climate change and to rising ocean temperatures in particular.  What’s happening in Australian waters is part of a global trend that includes Hawai‘i’s reefs.  However, there is hope for the future of these natural wonders.  Hawai’i’s own Susan Scott, naturalist and author, has been sailing her boat, Honu, on the Great Barrier Reef for the past three years and has found it to be very much alive.  This afternoon, and again in the evening, Susan shares photos of the extraordinary marine life she encountered in these waters, and discusses both the science and the politics of Australia’s irreplaceable World Heritage Centre.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers. 

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Seating is limited; first come, first seated. 

On Monday evenings onlyadditional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall.

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!