This six inch long bright yellow fish is Hawaii’s most abundant butterflyfish. On the deep water ledges on the island of Ni’ihau there are schools of over 1,000 milletseed butterflyfish and diving with them is like being in a yellow snow storm.
You do not want to step on this foot long fish here in Hawaii as it could send you to the hospital! What is so amazing is that very few people get stung by the devil scorpionfish even though I have seen people step right next to one sitting camouflaged right on top of the reef.
The rock-mover wrasse grows to be 12 inches long, but the babies look more like a piece of limu (seaweed) than a fish. The two-inch-long baby rock-movers have branching fins that grow out from their body, resembling the seaweed that grows on the reef.
Do you know that the fish here in Hawai‘i go to the dentist on a regular basis to have their teeth cleaned? From large sharks to young yellow tangs, they all get free dental work, but they must go to the dentist’s office. We call their office a “cleaning station,” and the dentist is a Hawaiian cleaner wrasse.
Thousands of people here in Hawai‘i and around the world wear this shell around their neck, but few people have ever seen a live textile cone shell.