This is another in a series of distraction diaries. The purpose is to provide a brief respite from the battles of the day and to provide a reminder that we share this small planet with all kinds of amazing creatures. I hope you enjoy it.
Now lets us go briefly under the surface to see what is down there...
A friendly Yellowmargin Moray, Gymnothorax flavimarginatus. This is one of the larger and more common eels you see on the reef in Hawaii. They are named for a bright yellow or green margin to their tails.
We came across this little party of Hawaiian Lizardfish, Synodus ulae. Despite the name they are not endemic. These are voracious ambush predators that wait for prey camouflaged on the sandy bottom.
Another shot of a Hawaiian Lizardfish. The cloud of sand was one of the others jetting off. They weren't into the paparazzi action.
Orangemouth Lizardfish, Saurida flamma. You might think the orange mouth wouldn't help with the whole ambush thing, but you have to know that the water filters out the red end of the spectrum first. Without a camera flash this orange is a dull gray.
And here it is, your one booby. This is a Brown Booby, Sula leucogaster plotus. Possibly anticlimactic if you came here looking for something else. If that is the case I have to refer you to the complaint department below. Good luck.
Well that is it for this evening. I hope you have enjoyed your visit here and were not TOO disappointed with my booby. As always feel free to post your photos and please be good humans.
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