Postcard from the Reef – Bigeye

Common Bigeye (Heteropriacanthus cruentatus)
Common Bigeye (Heteropriacanthus cruentatus) in a cave on the Kohala Coast
Shine a dive light into any small cave along a Hawaiian coast and you will see a swirl of red fish… Soldierfish, squirrelfish and bigeyes. They are all some shade of red and all possess large eyes for foraging in the night. During the day these fish shelter in caves, crevices and overhangs. There are a couple dozen species, identifying each is a bit of a challenge…

Author: Andrew

An electrical engineer, amateur astronomer, and diver, living and working on the island of Hawaiʻi.

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