CRITTER: From the deep: Meet the Knifejaw fish

Terry Lilley / Special to The Garden Island

500 years ago in Hawai‘i, before snorkel masks and fishing poles were invented, the Native Hawaiians stabbed fish with spears by hand or used several different types of fish traps. They were limited to fish they could catch in shallow water. Even big fish like the giant trevally or ulua came into shallow water to feed and were speared by the locals but certain fish that live in deep water were never seen by the Hawaiians at the time so they were never given a Hawaiian name.