Hawaii Fish & Marine WildlifeCheck out this guide to Hawaii’s top fish & marine wildlife! You are likely to see them in the waters around Hawaii.
Dear Hawaii Fish Lovers,
We are the Hawaii fish, and we are happy to host you in our beautiful Pacific Ocean home. We hope you appreciate the decor. Please kindly keep your feet off the furniture, and do not touch any of the residents. Coral reefs are built by and made of delicate animals. We Hawaii fish have lived here for millions of years – feeding, fighting, loving, and caring for our young and the reefs that sustain us. Continue reading letter from the fish… or scroll down to check us out!
Longnose Butterflyfish - Hawaii Fish
Four Spot Butterflyfish
Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse
Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle (Honu)
Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Honu'ea)
False Killer Whale
Whitetip Reef Shark
Gray Reef Shark
Spotted Eagle Ray
Snowflake Moray Eel
Whitemouth Moray Eel
Hawaiian Day Octopus
White Striped Octopus
Hawaiian Monk Seal
1Casey, S. (2015) Voices in the Ocean. New York, NY: Doubleday.
Each of us has our own special role to play among the coral. Some Hawaii fish are landscapers, mowing algae in their own private yards. Some run businesses cleaning other fish, rays, and sea turtles.
Many of us work together to secure our food. Sometimes we go about in uniform schools, and other times we’ll partner with a member of another species and hunt together. It depends on the “sea-tuation.” Of course, those of us who are carnivores or omnivores also eat each other if the opportunity arises. It’s all part of the tide of life down here!
What you may appreciate the most, dear land visitor, is our uncommon beauty. Most of us are quite brilliantly colored, and many Hawaii fish can even change colors at will! Just hang in the water awhile and watch. You’ll be surprised and delighted by the life you see.
When you are in the water exploring our reefs, you may want to know our names. Which one of us, exactly, are you gazing at adoringly? Which fish-selfie are you about to take? (We call them “fishies.”) To learn more about our fins and neighbors, read the descriptions above!
Best Fishes to You,
The Hawaii Fish