Meet puhi la au the saddled snake eel

  • Terry Lilley / Special to The Garden Island

    The saddled snake eel is a common sight under the waves.

There are no sea snakes in Hawai‘i as a general rule, but one eel often gets mistaken for a sea snake. Meet puhi la au the snake eel. We have several species of snake eels that people see while diving here in Hawai‘i, and the most common ones are the 18-inch-long, magnificent snake eel that is white with black spots, and the larger, saddled snake eel that is black and white banded.