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Spotlight on Soldierfish

Do you want to see a fish you most likely have not seen in Waikīkī yet? I recommend looking under ledges and in caves to spot the nocturnal soldierfish. Soldierfish, commonly referred to as “menpachi” in Hawai’i,  are in the family Holocentridae. During the day, soldierfish will hide in crevices and at night they venture onto […]

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Sponge?

I noticed this sponge-looking thing all over the rocks on the ewa side of the MLCD.  Is it just me or has this stuff been here all along?  I don’t remember seeing it before!  Anyone know what it is?

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Spotlight on Bonefish

Bonefish, also know as ‘o’io, are easily identified by their long silver bodies, single dorsal fin and wide forked tail. On O’ahu, we have spotted several bonefish congregating near the jetty and shallow reef areas in the MLCD. The two species of bonefish in Hawai’i, the Round jaw and Sharp jaw bonefish, are very hard […]

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Marine Invertebrate of the Week: Marbled Shrimp

Have you ever been snorkeling and looked under coral heads or in the cracks and crevices between coral colonies? Lately, I have been investigating little cracks and I keep finding Marbled shrimp. Unfortunately, I have only found the shrimp on the east side and I want to put a challenge out to all of the […]

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Spotlight on Goatfish

Goatfish, in the family Mullidae, are very unique fish that are easily identified by two separate dorsal fins and barbels, whisker-like appendages that hang below the mouth. Goatfish use the barbels to sense the small crustaceans, worms and other marine invertebrates hiding in the sand. Once a goatfish senses prey, it will swallow some sand […]

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Photos from the Last REEF Survey

These cool creatures were observed during our most recent REEF snorkel survey in shallow water behind the Waikīkī Aquarium.

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Just For Fun!

I snorkeled out at Bowls the other day because I was curious to see what was there!  Here’s a video from the trip.  Just for fun, see if you can do a REEF Fish Survey from this video clip!  🙂  See how many species you can identify and count! S = Single, F = Few […]

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Marine Invertebrate of the Week: Red-margined Spanish Dancer

Since I moved to Oahu in 2009 I have wanted to see the infamous Spanish Dancer. Divers, friends and scientists have all told me about about the beauty and grace of the Spanish Dancer. Now you are probably wondering, has Heather gone crazy and started seeing human dancers underwater? Well, I have not gone crazy […]

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Scorpionfish sighting!

A few weeks ago, Melodie G. spotted a scorpionfish in Waikiki. I believe this particular fish is a Devil scorpionfish. The Devil scorpionfish is well-known for its amazing camouflage and skills as an ambush predator. Besides being able to hide from predators and prey, the scorpionfish can also inflict a painful wound on other predators. […]

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Funny fish faces

During the REEF fish survey on Wednesday morning, I snapped a few photos of different reef fish species and marine invertebrates. After going through the photographs from the survey, I noticed that some of the marine critters seemed to either pose for the camera with a nice head shot or hide from camera. Here are […]

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