This beautiful shallow water reef fish is wonderful to watch as it zooms around in the surf, but you do not want to touch one! Tangs are in the Surgeonfish family and they have a razor sharp spine near their tail that can cause a deep cut on your hand if you get too close.
This beautiful Hawaiian reef fish is a one of a kind as it is the only member of the Zanclidae family on our coral reefs! It is often mistaken for the common butterfly fish but it is actually one of the oldest known Hawaiian fish with fossil records dating back over 50 million years.
Meet humuhumu-nukunuku-a-pua’a the Wedgetail Triggerfish! This iconic Hawaiian reef fish is also known at the Picasso Triggerfish and its Hawaiian name has a fascinating meaning of which is still not completely understood.
Meet the Commerson’s Frogfish, one of Hawaii’s most unusual sea creatures! This very strange looking fish uses it fins as hands and walks across the reef in slow motion. Most of the time it does not move at all except to open its mouth slowly to breath.
This 30-inch-long, common Hawaiian reef fish can come in many different colors, and they often hide in large schools of fish so their colors match the species of fish they hide in!
In Hawaii we have two species of poisonous lionfish. The red lionfish grows to about eight inches long and the green lionfish grows to about six inches long. Both are native to Hawaii and are quite common in certain areas but rarely seen by divers. The Hawaiian name for this fish means dragonfly!
The Hawaiian Boxfish is truly a bizarre creature! Part fish and part underwater helicopter! The males are bright blue, white and gold and this fish can hoover off of the bottom, go backwards, forwards, up, down and do a complete spin just like a helicopter. They are truly amazing to watch as they look like a remote controlled underwater drone!
Meet ‘u’u the Hawaiian Bigscale Soldierfish! This common foot long fish also has another name, Mempachi. This name came from the Japanese who came to Hawaii over 150 years ago and both the Hawaiians and Japanese consider this schooling fish a delicacy.
The Hawaiian name for this fish, lau‘ipala, means “yellow leaf,” and they only occur in large numbers in Hawaii. Sometimes these fish can be seen in such large schools that people can see them from the beach and it looks like gold flowing over the coral reef.