Six years I have been diving the reefs of the Big Island. Despite this I have never seen a frogfish. They are rare, but not that rare!
A flashing light catches my attention from across the open coral. Pete is signaling, he does not do that often, when he does it is usually worthwhile. Pete had been working one wall while I worked the other side of a small channel in the reef. So far I had found nothing unusual.
There it was, a bright yellow frogfish just at the edge of a small plate of coral. Not only a nice find, but a nicely posed one as well, conveniently placed for photography. By the time Pete and I had finished photographing this fish it probably had sunburn.
I owe Pete a beer.
I have been looking for a frogfish for years. Even so far as to comb a coral pinnacle where one had been seen the previous day with a group of other divers. So far I have had no success. These fish possess remarkable camouflage, I have probably swum right over more than one. But given how thoroughly I can comb a section of reef it is surprising that I never found one.
My friend Pete however…