CRITTER: Meet to’au the Blacktail Snapper

  • Terry Lilley / Contributed

    To’au the Blacktail Snapper.

  • Terry Lilley / Contributed

    To’au the Blacktail Snapper.

To‘au is one of the most-common fish species in the Hawaiian islands, and almost every diver will see them near the rocky reef during a dive from 10 feet deep to about 40 feet deep. This fish grows to be about a foot long, and during the day hangs out in caves or near the bottom, often in large schools. They are more active at night when they are out feeding, and the black-tail snappers are known to move from reef to reef, often migrating due to the season of large surf.

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