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Anchialine Ponds Ecosystem is a combination of natural and pools excavated from the lava when the resort was built. Plants and animals rapidly colonized the man made pools by migrating underground from nearby natural pools.
Tiny red shrimp, collectively called Opaeula, are one of the unique features of these anchialine pools and are found only in Hawaii. The shrimp are omnivorous and can live for long periods of time underground in the interstitial groundwater without appearing in the pools. You may also see snails and clear glass shrimp.
A rocky white pumas beach is accessible from here offering a contrast to the rich black lava rock.
Anchialine Ponds Ecosystem Details
Current Weather at Anchialine Ponds Ecosystem:
Mostly Cloudy, 87° F
State: Hawaii - Big Island
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