Meet kokala the Hawaiian Giant Porcupinefish!

  • Terry Lilley / Special to The Garden Island

    Kokala, the Hawaiian giant porcupinefish, is seen after ingesting seawater to ward off a would-be predator.

  • Terry Lilley / Special to The Garden Island

    Kokala, the Hawaiian giant porcupinefish, is seen in an uninflated state.

The first time I saw this fish was in Mexico as a kid and it was hanging in a store window all puffed up covered in resin! At that time I was not sure if it was a real fish or a piece of art. Twenty years later I got to see my first live one underwater at night, and when it puffed up it just blew my mind as I could not believe a fish could do that!

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