Friday, January 02, 2009

New Day, New Fish

Pipefish, Waikiki, Hawaii. The water was rough and murky so it's hard to see the colors but this little guy has a bright yellow tail. He was hanging out below the reef ledge waiting for food to float by. These are pretty uncommon in Hawaii, this being the first I've ever seen in the wild anyhow. I hunted around on the Internet and didn't find a latin ID so he'll just have to go nameless for now.

For the pipefish neophytes in the audience, pipefish are related/similar to seahorses. They suck in their prey (i.e., no teeth) and, as with the seahorses, raise their young in a brood pouch on the male until they are large enough to survive on their own. If anyone knows the name of this little pipefish (about 6-8 inches long), please let me know.

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