Closing the Triangle


The Challenge


Rapa Nui Settlement

Rapa Nui Prehistory

Wind, Weather, Ocean Currents of the Pacific

Sailing Strategies

Geography, History, & Culture in the Eastern Pacific

Educational Curriculum for
Rapa Nui

Letter to Educators

History & Heritage

Virtual Voyage

I - Getting to know your Vessel
II - Sail Planning
III - Becoming a crewmember
IV - Provisioning the Vessel
V - Preparing for the Voyage

Research & Action Projects

I - Why We Explore
II - Meterology of the Pacific
III - Naked-eye Astronomy
IV - Sealife
V - Geography, History, Culture

How to Track Hokulea

Vision & Exploration

Exploring the Night Sky

Star Charts for Hawaii

Our Sacred Earth

Malama Hawaii Projects

Northwestern Islands







IV. Sealife (Fish, Birds, and Mammals of the Open Ocean)

At the PVS website, students access short descriptions and illustrations of sealife. This information will help students anticipate and understand why the voyagers see certain kinds of birds in different region or catch certain kinds of fish while trolling. It will also help students understand which birds can be used for finding land. Students may also wish to do background research on the ecology of the open ocean--how these birds and fish survive in this environment and what the structure of the food chain is.

Possible Activities: Field trip to a fish market to view and identify deep-sea fish; research into local fishing practices and fishing laws designed for sustainable recreational and commercial fishing; field trip to a bird island and sanctuary to view and identify sea birds; comparisons of reef fish with pelagic fish.

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