Aloha all you environmental readers,
If you did, then you know what is going on.
If not, then read on.
This is an environmental disaster that needs to be cleaned up fast!
I got to take a walk down Ke'ehi Lagoon's shoreline and found a mass of 1 ft. to 3 1/2 ft. eels (Puhi), along with shrimp ('Opae), some reef fish, such as mullet (A'holehole), butterfly fishes, pufferfish, gobie, and more.
While I walked down the shoreline, I could only feel my heart become heavy and saddened, and tears started to flow in my eyes. The beach's sand is depressed, while the sea is dark and dismal, following the sea life's carcass. The sea life is gasping for air, and they are swimming up onto the beach's sand.
I got to speak to some of the State of Hawaii's workers that were cleaning up the beaches, picking up the dead fish. One claimed that no one wants to take the fall for the 233,000 gallon spill of molasses. A friend that I was with, pointed at me, and told the workers that
"She's an Environmental news article writer.", and soon they were off.
Even when there were polluted warning signs staked above the shorelines, people still managed to hop into their canoes and practiced paddling. Canoeing is a popular and traditional Native Hawaiian sport in Hawai'i.
I could hear the echoes of the guys yelling to each other about watching the eels and not stepping on them, while taking the canoe out into the shallow sea.
At the meantime I got to take quite a bunch of pictures and videos of the polluted sightings.
Now for the facts and some answers:
What poisoned and polluted Hawaii's sea?
Molasses. A thick condensed form of sugar syrup.
In water, the molasses instantly drops to the bottom.
Since fish and other marine life is usually at the bottom enjoying the reef, the molasses is what is suffocating the sea life's oxygen.
In science, molasses produces bacteria.
You can read more about what molasses can do in a peer reviewed article.
What is molasses used for?
Molasses is usually used for desserts, such as gingerbread and rice cake cookies. It is also used for animal consumption, such as livestock.
How much molasses was spilled into the Honolulu harbor?
According to Hawaii News Now website, there was 233,000 gallons of molasses spilled.
What places are polluted with the molasses?
At this time being, the Honolulu area, which includes Aloha Tower, Ke'ehi Lagoon (next to the airport), Sand Island, and is traveling.
Are there any other sea life that is at risk now?
Yes. Reef fish, eels, corals, shrimps, and more.
I'm guessing that the sea turtles are at risk, along with the dolphins, tuna, marlin, sharks, barracudas, and the whales if it travels out through the currents.
Is the public at risk?
If there aren't as much fish swimming around in the sea from the pollution, the sharks and barracudas may attack humans.
So what is going on now?
Since Hawai'i does not have any ecologists, they have to get some ecologists from the states to survey on how to do the cleanups.
I'm thinking that this will cost a huge amount to clean up this pollution, along with scuba gear teams and ships that houses filter-like support systems to clean the ocean's bottom.
But again, no one is owning up to their mistakes and everyone is pointing fingers.
What can you do about it?
Make phone calls to the Mayor and support Environmentalists in action to Save the Environment.
You can also write to Sea life Environmental teams and let them know that this needs to be cleaned as soon as possible.
Or you can watch the sea life dwindle in the surrounding areas of Honolulu, so that the Hawaii residents and tourists can't enjoy it anymore.
Now that you know about what is going on in Hawaii's harbor and sea, you can only hope for the better.
And remember Hawai'i, to take care of your health, take care of life, take care of the Earth's Environment, and to think Green Hawai'i! Aloha!
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