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State asks public not to swim or snorkel in 7 new anchialine pools on Big Isle


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Jan 2, 2016
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State asks public not to swim or snorkel in 7 new anchialine pools on Big Isle

By Nina Wu / Star Advertiser / staradvertiser.com / Nov. 15, 2019

“In addition to the expansive, black sand beach that has formed at Pohoiki on Hawaii island, state officials say there are now seven new anchialine pools.

State biologists noted at least seven anchialine pools dotting the popular beach along the Puna coastline, also the site of a former boat ramp surrounded by lava during the 2018 Kilauea eruption.

Anchialine pools, according to state aquatic biologist Troy Sakihara, are landlocked, brackish water pools that are still connected underground to the ocean and groundwater. The pools fluctuate with the tides and are home to an array of endemic species found only in Hawaii....”


State officials have noted seven new anchialine pools at Pohoiki and are asking the public to stay out of them to protect endangered species.
Photo courtesy of DLNR


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Very interesting! Always something new to learn about the Earth.