Meet the rare Tinkers butterfly-fish from Ni‘ihau

  • Terry Lilley / Special to The Garden Island

    Most of the Tinkers butterfly-fish are found off the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

As a marine biologist it has been fun to try and get a picture and video clip of every known Hawaiian fish species that lives close to shore for my marine-life-education program. After 15 years and 3,000 scuba dives I have shot video of about 98% of the fish species that live at depths from a foot deep to 100 feet deep. But there were still a few species I have never seen before, so I was highly motivated to look for them.