CRITTER: Meet pupu ‘ole the Marlinspike Auger

  • Terry Lilley / Contributed

    Pupu ‘ole in Hawaiian means long sharp shell. Pupu ‘ole is a fierce predator under the sand and they can move quite quickly.

You can dive in Hawai‘i for 20 years and never see one of these 10 inch long beautiful shells but they are actually very common. They live their life under the sand and there are more than 30 different species of augers that call Hawai‘i home. If you snorkel or dive you have swam over hundreds of these beautiful marine snails and shell collectors get very excited when they find an empty one on the beach!