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Where the dream beaches are made of fish droppings
There are beautiful beaches in Hawaii. Vacationers love them, but often don’t even know where the sand actually comes from. The history of the development of the light grains is quite interesting.
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HHave you ever been on a green beach? There is one in Hawaii: It is olivine crystals that give the sand on Papakolea Beach on the largest island in the US state its unusual color. On the Big Island there is not only one of the world’s rare green beaches, but also the Punaluu Black Sand Beach, which is black because it consists of lava.
But it is above all the white beaches that appear again and again in rankings of the world’s most beautiful beaches and that fascinate most holidaymakers in the first place. But: Only very few who enjoy basking in the sun on the sand will suspect where a good part of the fine sand actually comes from.
Sand is discharged in clouds
Because a not insignificant amount of sand is the excrement of parrotfish. Hawaiians call the animals, which romp around in tropical waters, “eagle owl”, in German they are called parrotfish because of their fused teeth, which – at least in some respects – are reminiscent of parrot beaks.
With them they graze the low vegetation cover on the limestone surfaces of the coral reefs. The sediment, which is removed at the same time, is crushed by the fish and then excreted in the form of sand clouds. Larger specimens are real sand factories – they produce more than 300 kilograms of sand per year in this way. Other inhabitants of the Pacific also produce sand, but no other animal is as hard-working as the parrotfish.
Females become males
For the area around the snorkeling hotspot Hanauma Bay in the southeast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu alone, this means an annual production of hundreds of tons of freshly made sand, as numerous parrotfish live here. The crater of an extinct volcano forms the bay, which is open to the sea and is home to so many species of fish.
The colorful parrotfish are not only beautiful and useful – in addition to their sand production, they also promote the growth of corals through their cleaning – they also have another unusual property: like many other wrasse, they are hermaphrodites. This means that they can be a female first, only to later become a male.