A tropical archipelago of eight major islands, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States in 1959. The largest Hawaiian island, called the Big Island, is located 2,840 miles (4,570 km) southwest from Los Angeles, California. The Big Island has 4,028 sq. miles (10,431 sq. km) of land, although surface area is continually being added by lava flows from its active volcano. The island of Oahu has 597 sq. miles (1,546 sq. km) of land. More than 6 million people a year visit the Aloha state for its beaches, water sports, and to enjoy the natural beauty of the islands.
Ecologists estimate that 95% of this island’s flowering plants and 97% of its land animals exist nowhere else on Earth. In the ocean off Hawaii, extensive coral reefs support one of the most diverse and unique collection of animals found worldwide.
Animals Seen At Dolphin Quest Hawaii
Dolphin Quest Hawaii is home to a few other animals than dolphins that can be found inside the Encounter Club at Dolphin Quest Village.
- Western Painted Turtles
- Western painted turtles are called painted turtles because of their brightly colored lower shell. Out of four species of painted turtles, the Western painted turtles are the largest and have the most intricate patterns on their bottom shell.
- Western painted turtles are found in wetland areas including freshwater ponds, lakes, marshes, creeks and rivers. They are very common and widely spread throughout the Pacific Northwest; they are not native nor found in Hawaii.
Animals Seen At Dolphin Quest Oahu
Green Sea Turtles
Other Animals and Fish
Dolphin Quest Oahu is home to a few other animals than dolphins that can be found in the small lagoons surrounding the dolphin lagoon.
- Brown Stingray
- Can be found in Hawaii and Taiwan and live in shallow waters of sandy beaches, estuaries and lagoons.
- Yellowfin Surgeonfish
- Is one of the largest of all surgeonfish.
- It can alter the color of their pectoral fins, which can make them look very similar to the ringtail surgeonfish.
- The Hawaiian name for this species is pualu.
- Bluefin Trevally
- Is a member of the jack family, Carangidae, which includes jacks, jack mackerel, pompano and scads.
- Has blue-green upper body and silver sides and black spots can be found on adults.
- These streamlined fish are fast swimmers and can exhibit aggressive behavior when feeding.
- They are usually solitary, but may also be found in small groups in shallow coastal water.
- The Hawaiian name for this species is omilu.
- Pennant Butterfly Fish
- Butterfly fish are found in tropical Indo-Pacific seas in a small area of coral reefs at depths of less than 66 feet (20 meters).
- This fish often schools and may serve as a cleaner to other fishes, but feeds primarily on zooplankton. It can grow up to eight inches.
Animals seen in the Hawaiian Islands
Hawaiian Monk Seal