Archive for April, 2009
I took this video at dusk to show the lava flowing from Mount Kilauea into the Pacific Ocean on the eastern side of the Big Island. I think some people expect you can go right up to the lava flow and observe it, but that isn’t the case when the lava is flowing into the ocean. The vapors are noxious and corrosive, plus there are other risks. The temperature difference between the water and the lava can shatter the fresh rock and throw it outward. Ledges of rock can suddenly fall into the sea, producing a wave at best and a tsunami at worst. Even at a distance, the display is amazing and unforgettable.
If you ever get to the Big Island of Hawaii, be sure to see the mantas. There are mantas in other places, but the two locations off the Kona coast offer a unique level of interaction. There was a baby manta that was close in size to the larger Atlantic stingrays, but most of the animals were much larger… around 15 feet across! As you can see, they get very close. While people aren’t permitted to touch the mantas, they weren’t hesitant about brushing us or pulling back only an inch away.