Anchialine pools found near the shoreline are a very important habitat for some very cool critters. Although these pools appear to have no direct connection with the ocean, their hydrologic connection to ground water and the sea can be seen as pool water levels rise and fall with ocean tides. A small yet distinctive number of species inhabit the pools, including crustaceans, mollusks and the 'opae'ula, a small endemic species of red shrimp.
Did You Know?
Did you know, the noni tree was brought by the early Polynesians and was used as a medicinal tonic to treat digestive problems. Today, noni juice can be bought in many health food stores throughout the country.