Maui Snorkeling Sighting: Moray Eel

Posted: July 11th, 2011 | Comments Off

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The moray eel has quite a reputation for its dangerous-looking teeth, snake-like body and elusive characteristics.  Many snorkelers and scuba divers in Maui often get very excited when seeing the moray eel.  Many people become a little frightened because of their looks… large mouths and menacing teeth, but the moray eel is not known to be aggressive.  Although menacing-looking, these creatures are quite incredible when you consider their bizarre adaptations to the coral reef and even more bizarre reproductive system.

The Hawaiian name for the moray eel is puhi...
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Maui Snorkeling Sighting: Butterflyfish

Posted: July 4th, 2011 | Comments Off

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Another common fish you will see while snorkeling on Maui is the butterflyfish (lau-lau and lau-wiliwili in Hawaiian).  These brightly colors, disk-shaped fish got their name from resembling the wings of a butterfly, especially since they often appear in pairs.  The ancient Hawaiians named the fish lau-lau and lau-wiliwili since to them they resembled the leaves (lau) of a tree.  It was especially the wiliwili and the hau trees in which these fish found their name, since the leaves of these trees are flat and oval...
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Maui Snorkeling Sighting – Parrotfish (Uhu)

Posted: June 27th, 2011 | Comments Off

Maui snorkeling parrotfish

Snorkeling is voted as one of Maui’s top activities enjoyed by locals and visitors to the island. What you will find under the surface of the water is coral reef which is home to many interesting species of underwater creatures. There is the parrotfish, which is easily spotted because of its rather large size and coloration… and its distinctive mouth which resembles that of a parrot, but with a full set of teeth.

The parrotfish is a beautiful fish with some bizarre characteristics....
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