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Sea Talk Series
Naked Gills and Chemical Costumes:
The Unusual Lives of Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs
Presented by Pauline Fiene
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

Maui Ocean Center’s complimentary Sea Talk Series continues on Tuesday, May 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a fascinating presentation on nudibranchs and sea slugs by local diver and biologist, Pauline Fiene. Renown in Hawaii’s marine science community, Ms. Fiene has studied Hawaiian marine life for over 26 years, concentrating on the uniquely mesmerizing subclass of Opisthobranchia which includes nudibranchs and their relatives.

Fiene’s first presentation on sea slugs and nudibranchs will be debuted at Tuesday’s Sea Talk. During this presentation, Fiene will focus on the evolution of sea slugs from their seashell ancestors, and include information on their impressive chemical defenses and beautiful and varied body forms. She will also discuss the reasons these animals are chemically interesting to medical science and share the latest information about Hawaiian sea slugs. During her talk, Fiene will describe nudibranch life histories and some rare long-term observations of a pair of nudibranchs in the wild.

Sea Talks are held at Maui Ocean Center in the Open Ocean exhibit. Admission is complimentary with entry through the Aquarium’s front gate from 5:50 pm to 6:15 pm. Seating is limited and given on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservations are recommended by calling (808) 270-7088.

About the Speaker
Pauline Fiene has a B.S. in biology and has studied Hawaiian marine life for over 26 years, documenting over 60 new species of opisthobranchs in Hawaii and the Indo-Pacific. She also studies the spawning patterns of the coral Pocillora meandrina, and offers dive trips for divers to see this rare daylight spawning event several times a year.

She is coauthor of several books including Molokini - Hawaii's Island Marine Sanctuary; and Diving Hawaii and Midway; and with Cory Pittman is co-author of the comprehensive Hawaiian nudibranch website, www.seaslugsofhawaii.com.

She has been a divemaster for 26 years, has over 8,600 logged dives and was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2009. She owns and operates Mike Severns Diving, a dive boat operation on Maui with a reputation for safety and knowledge of marine animals and their behaviors, and is passionate about sharing high quality and respectful marine life experiences with divers.

The mission of Maui Ocean Center is to foster understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii's marine life. This state-of-the-art aquarium was named "Top-Rated Attraction in Hawaii" by Zagat Survey US Family Travel Guide, "Leader In Responsible Tourism" on the Top 100 Blue List by Islands Magazine, and "Best Environmental Attraction" by the readers of The Maui News. Open daily from 9 to 5, and from 9 to 6 in July and August. For more information please contact the Maui Ocean Center: 192 Ma'alaea Road; Ma'alaea, HI 96793; telephone (808)270-7000, facsimile (808)270-7070, e-mail info@mauioceancenter.com or visit www.mauioceancenter.com.

 

The mission of Maui Ocean Center is to foster understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. This state-of-the-art aquarium was named “Top-Rated Attraction in Hawaii” by Zagat Survey US Family Travel Guide, “Leader In Responsible Tourism” on the Top 100 Blue List by Islands Magazine, and “Best Value Family Attraction in Maui” in Up! Magazine. Open daily from 9 to 5, and from 9 to 6 in July and August. For more information please contact the Maui Ocean Center: 192 Ma‘alaea Road; Ma‘alaea, HI 96793; telephone (808)270-7000, facsimile (808)270-7070, e-mail info@mauioceancenter.com or visit www.mauioceancenter.com.