But for all the hardship, there were definite silver linings. Both whales and birds sang at lower volumes with less noise to compete with. Air was notably cleaner. And wildlife took to the streets! In Hawaii, we’ve been somewhat guiltily enjoying the delicious peace and quiet. Despite being the state hardest hit economically, we were blessed with a blossoming of wildlife. As an underwater photographer, I watched the ocean celebrate the break with wonder and awe. The water was clear. The dolphins came closer. We saw more endangered monk seals and honu (Hawaiian green turtles). So many fish – even manta rays! And believe it or not, we actually started to find more unusual sea slugs (nudibranchs).