CRITTER: Meet a’awa the deep water male Hawaiian Hogfish
Most divers in Hawai‘i have never seen this adult male fish, as it usually lives at depths of 100 feet or more, until recently! A‘awa the Hawaiian hog-fish male is over 20 inches long and has burnt red and gray colors with huge buck teeth and red eyes! In the past they have only been seen in Kaua‘i and the NW Hawaiian Islands where the water is cooler, but lately they are showing up along O‘ahu North Shore in shallow water, and I have had several professional divers ask me lately “what is that big, gray fish we are seeing?”
Mahalo, Terry. Always enjoy your contribution.