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Parrotfish are beautiful, colorful fish found in all of the world’s oceans. The largest concentration of these fish is in the Indo-Pacific Ocean, meaning you have the chance to see them off the coast of Africa all the way East through the Hawaiian Islands. These fish like to spend most of their time swimming along shallower reefs or in seagrass beds. Of the 90 species of parrotfish out there, most of them only reach sizes of 12-20in long. One species however, the humphead parrotfish can get up to lengths of 4ft! The parrotfish earns it name from its teeth, which are fused together to form a pa...
Behold one of the oceans most misunderstood creatures, the moray eel. Eels have a reputation for being ferocious, ill tempered, and nasty towards humans which is very misrepresenting. Moray eels are shy, secluded creatures who prefer to spend their days resting and waiting for prey from the safety of their burrow. While they are carnivorous, morays have no interest in attacking humans and are usually quite calm around us; they prefer to eat smaller fish, mollusks, and various crustaceans instead. If there is a case of a moray being aggressive towards a snorkeler it’s more than likely from bein...
The Humuhumunukunukuapuaa (hoo-moo-hoo-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-ah-poo-ah-ah), or the shortened Humhumu, is the official state fish of Hawaiian and is also known as the reef or wedge-tail triggerfish. The Humuhumunukunukuapuaa’s name, translated to mean “the triggerfish with a pig snout”, is earned from its oddly shaped face and sound it makes. Along with having an odd name, this little fish has many interesting characteristics to go along with it. The humuhumu’s oddly shaped snout and teeth are the reason it can make its strange grunting “pig-like” noises, which are believed to help alert other hu...
The green sea turtles or “Honu” of Hawaii are ancient, enduring marine creatures that date back to the age of the dinosaurs. These turtles are among the worlds largest and are known to grow up to sizes of 5ft, weigh as much as 700lbs, and have an average life span of 80 years or so. Unlike their land cousins, sea turtles spend almost all of their life in the water and have developed flattened, streamline bodies with large paddle-like flippers that help them swim through the water with ease. One of the only times a sea turtle will come upon land is to lay her eggs;  when this time comes th...
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