As one who saw hundreds of dead albatrosses during "normal" conditions, I can't imagine how tough it is to witness thousands dead and dying. As more reports come in, I will keep you posted on information from Midway sources. The deaths of reef fish and incredibly powerful Ulua is especially sad to hear about since these fish are threatened in ways we don't normally appreciate. I am guessing more reports will help to determine losses of corals as well as the fish Pete talks about in his recent posts.
I'm a fish person and dream of catching Ulua the size you will see at Pete's blog. They are beautiful fish and feed at night, so the Ulua would likely be washed ashore as it chased smaller fish, not sensing the tsunami as something to move away from. Just last spring, during high surf on the windward side of Oahu, I almost touched a huge Ulua as it chased a parrotfish at the front of a big wave. The Ulua chomped the parrotfish in half as the wave curled, dropping the head end onto the beach, right at my feet.......So, they ride waves to feast. Sadly, the tsunami waves also carry them far too high onto the shore.
Please also note the importance in this tsunami event of Naupaka, the shore plant that more or less filtered Albatross chicks from wave surges.........This natural vegetation is what the USFWS is working so hard to protect as workers struggle to pull up non-native plants that inhibit nesting and destroy natural habitat.
All things connected.......from naupaka to ulua to baby petrels and albatrosses................Thanks USFWS!