CRITTER: Meet puhi uha the conger eel

Terry Lilley / Contributed

When the Puhi uha catch a small fish they turn it around in their mouth and swallow it whole head first much like a snake eating a mouse.

Terry Lilley / Contributed

Puhi uha undulate using their long dorsal and anal fins and they look much like a large snake crawling through tall grass.

The conger eel grows to be about four foot long and they have tiny teeth, compared to the moray eels which usually have large sharp teeth. All types of eels in Hawaii have the general name of puhi but puhi uha has two small pectoral fins that the moray eels lack. The conger eel lives in shallow water and comes out at night time and they look like some kind of cartoon character!