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Hawaii's White Sand Beaches Are Made From Parrotfish Poop
Created by Kenny on 3/31/2014 1:15:04 PM

There are seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains of sand in the world, according to math geniuses at the University of Hawaii. That’s more sand granules in Earth’s seas, lakes, and deserts than there are stars in the universe. Where does it all come from? In Hawaii, a significant portion of that pristine, white, beautiful sand is actually poop. Yep, poop. And Parrotfishes, or uhu in Hawaiian, are key players. According to the Maui Ocean Center, the native Hawaiian name for the female redlip parrotfish translates to “loose bowels.”


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