Not a good day to go snorkeling.
Heavy surf the day before left a legacy, murky water. Visibility was rather poor today. Whenever the surf is high the visibility is low. The surfers may be happy, the divers and snorkelers less so. At least these conditions are not all that common, if a somewhat more so in the winter months. Wait a few days and the silt will settle, leaving the more usual clear Kona side water.
At least we had a good swim.
Hawaiian dascyllus are a favorite of ours. I would expect that these fish are a favorite of many divers and snorkelers. These bold little fish will often challenge even a diver who invades their territory. Floating nose to nose with a little black fish is just too comical…
The cave was huge, one of the largest I had ever seen on the Kona Coast. It was also thick with sponge, the ceiling inches deep in places… Perfect nudibranch habitat.
Pete found this group, a cluster of white margin nudibranch having a… uh… party? The results of the “party” can be seen in the center of the photo, small white, spiral egg masses.
The photo is actually upside down, the party was taking place on the ceiling.