Meet the colorful feather duster worm

We have some very crazy looking marine worms that grow out on our Hawaiian coral reefs and this one looks like the old feather duster hand broom that your grandmother used to clean the house with that was made from turkey feathers!

Meet mano the Grey Reef Shark

This eight-foot-long, 300-pound shark is quite rare in the main Hawaiian Islands, but there are a pair of them that live in Hanalei Bay. They are more common around the islands of Ni‘ihau and Molokini, and they tend to be territorial.

Meet the Hawaiian Reef Rose

While diving or snorkeling on a Hawaiian reef one may see what looks like a bright-red, four-inch-wide rose growing on the bare lava rocks.

Meet the gilded triggerfish

Hawaiian trigger-fish are made famous by our common, shallow-water, wedge-tail trigger-fish known as humuhumu-nukunukuapua‘a, but we have another, less-known Hawaiian trigger-fish that does not even have a Hawaiian name.

Meet ‘ekaha ku moana, Hawaii’s Black Coral

We all have seen the beautiful black coral necklaces that have been sold in Hawaiian jewelry stores but this coral species is not black! Only the coral skeleton is black but the actual live coral is bright orange or tan in color.

Meet ulapapa, the regal slipper lobster

As a marine biologist, I have been studying lobsters worldwide for over 30 years, and have seen species that only grow to three inches long and others that grow to three feet long.

Meet ‘ulua aukea the giant trevally

This big fish in the jack family is very famous here in Hawai‘i because you see stickers of the fish on the back window of the fishermen’s trucks or on their T-shirts.