A Darker View

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Trumpetfish are stealthy hunters, using their oddly shaped body to strike unsuspecting prey. They are also known to follow large creatures on the reef, turtles or groupers, to take advantage of prey flushed out in their passage. This trumpetfish was using me for the same purpose, hoping to strike whatever the big, noisy diver scared up. The fish hovered quite close to me, not even moving away despite several bright flashes from the strobe. The cave is a very popular dive site, this fish may have learned to use divers to find an easy meal.

Eye of the Trumpet

A trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis) considers the camera

Guard Crab

A yellow-spotted guard crab (Trapezia flavopunctata) in cauliflower coral

Dwarf Moray

Dwarf moray (Gymnothorax melatremus) 30ft depth at Hoover’s Tower

Trumpetfish in Coral

A young trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis) hovers in the arms of a large antler coral (Pocillopora eydouxi)

Yes, I meant to do that… Not.

Sometimes you download the SD card and find photos you had no idea you took, an accidental actuation of the shutter. Most of the time they totally worthless, a photo of blurred gravel, or a hand across the lens. But on occasion they are a bit more interesting, properly exposed and in focus…


An accidental photo of my gauges early in the dive with plenty of air remaining.

Blue Dragon

A blue dragon nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina) on a boulder, 30′ depth, at The Hive

Hawaiʻi is not known for the soft corals that make other tropical reef so spectacular. The soft corals here are more understated. There are some, the cup corals and the endemic octocorals are fairly common if one is observant…

Blue Octocoral

A patch of blue octocoral (Sarcothelia edmondsoni) on a boulder at The Hive

Racoon Butterflyfish

A racoon butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) in a small cave at Golden Arches

Scarface Blenny

A scarface blenny (Cirripectes vanderbilti) at 30′ depth in a cave

Devil Scorpionfish

A devil scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis diabolus) at The Hive