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Marine Life Videos - A glimpse of Hanauma Bay's Marine Life

Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #17

Video description:  This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) juvenile Zebra Blennies [pāoʻo] feed entirely on ʻorganic detritusʻ growing in tide pools, (2) juvenile Yellowfin Goatfish [weke ʻula], known as ʻoama, swarm in large schools over the coral reef, (3) Green Sea Turtle [honu] have a large, teardrop shaped carapace (i.e. shell) & a pair of paddle-like flippers, (4) Snowflake Moray Eel [puhi kāpā] are one of the few moray eel species known to start life as a female, changing later to male and (5) Hawaiian Bigeyes (ʻāweoweo) & Spotfin Squirrelfish (ʻalaʻihi) often congregate in large schools in crevices during daylight hours. 

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #16

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description:  This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Freckled Snake Eel can be found buried in sandy areas, (2) Green Sea Turtle [honu] live up to 80 years old, (3) Bicolor Anthias are distinguished by a tri-colored body pattern (orange, pink & magenta), (4) Mackerel Scad [ʻōpelu] are an important food and bait fish in Hawaiʻi, (5) Indo-Pacific Sergeant Major often feed at the surface on phytoplankton & zooplankton floating in the water column and (6) Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins [nāiʻa] feed on squids and small fish in quiet harbors or bays.

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #15

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description:  This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) juvenile Sailfin Tang [māneʻoneʻo] seeks the shelter and safety of coral heads, (2) Yellowmargined Moray Eel [puhi paka] gets cleaned by a juvenile Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse, (3) Leaf Scorpionfish often rock to and fro as if to simulate algae being moved in the surge, (4) Green Sea Turtle [honu] getting its much needed Vitamin D from the blazing sunlight above and (5) Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins [nāiʻa] rest in large pods within calm bays and harbors.

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #14

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description:  This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Commersonʻs Frogfish often drift with the ocean current as they move from one crevice to the next, (2) Longtail Dragonet lives on sandy or muddy bottoms, (3) Flying Gurnard [lōloaʻu] & Bluefin Trevally [ʻōmilu] hunt for prey together, (4) Blackspot Sergeant [kūpīpī] turn black with bold white stripes (i.e. spawning coloration), (5) Crocodile Needlefish [ʻaha] body coloration blends with the ocean surface (i.e. camouflage), (6) Spotted Knifejaw are rarely seen around the Main Hawaiian Islands, (7) Ornate Butterflyfish [kīkākapu] feed on live coral tissue, (8) Hawaiian Sergeant [mamo] schools often congregate above reef outcroppings and (9) Bigeye Trevally [pake ulua] swim in circular patterns under the ocean surface.

 

Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #13

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description:  This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Medusa Spaghetti Worm [kaunaʻoa] have bluish white tentacles that are often strung haphazardly over rocks and rubble, (2) Saddle Wrasse [hīnālea lauwili] feed on a variery of invertebrates, (3) Redlip Parrotfish [uhu pālukaluka]ʻs Hawaiian name means "loose bowels" (as exemplified in the short video clip), (4) Day Octopus [heʻe mauli] assume a variety of color patterns and skin textures (i.e. camouflage), (5) Yellowmargin Moray Eel [puhi paka] occupy large deep holes in the reef, (6) Blacktail ʻOld Womanʻ Wrasse [hīnālea luahine] have little fear of humans and (7) Rockmover Wrasse spend much of their time nosing about the ocean bottom. 

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #12

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description:  This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Imperial Nudibranchʻs commonly occur in pairs (i.e. one trailing after the other), (2) Convict Tangs [manini] actively feed along the coral reef at sunrise, (3) Threadfin Butterflyfish [kīkākapu] defend a large feeding territory against their own species, (4) Longspine Porcupinefish [kōkala] have short barbels under their chin and clear fins, (5) Pearl Wrasse [ʻōpule] feed on small crustaceans and polychaete worms, (6) Keeltail Needlefish [aha] schools are common along the shallow reef flat, (7) Striped Mullet [ʻamaʻama] are Hawaiiʻs largest mullet species and Green Sea Turtle [honu] warm themselves by swimming close to the ocean surface.

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #11

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description:  This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Striped Mullet [ʻamaʻama] jumping out of the water to either ʻshake offʻ pesky parasites or to escape predation from a predator, (2) Seuratʻs Hermit Crab establishing dominance over another individual in a tidepool, (3) Whitemouth Moray Eel [puhi ʻōniʻo] keeping watch with its small beady eyes, (4) Day Octopus [heʻe mauli] changing colors in the blink of an eye, (5) male Palenose Parrotfish [uhu] feeding on coralline algae growing on top of the rubble area, (6) Giant Trevally [ulua aukea] and Bluefin Trevally [ʻōmilu] hunting in the inner reef area during the early morning hours, (7) Peppered Moray Eel [puhi] searching for a hole to rest in during daylight and (8) Great Barracuda [kākū] measuring 4 1/2 feet in length cruises just below the ocean surface in silty/murky water.

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #10

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description: This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Juvenile Blackspot Sergeant [kūpīpī] cruising in a shallow tidepool along the ledge, (2) Lagoon Triggerfish [humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa] showing off its swimming movements, (3) Spiny Porcupinefish [kōkāla] hovering over sandy/rubble bottom, (4) Teardrop Butterflyfish [lauhau] feeding on its favorite coral of choice; encrusting rice coral, (5) Peacock Grouper [roi] hanging out between lobe coral patches and (6) Bluefin Trevally [ʻōmilu] school swimming over the reef crest.

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #9

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description: This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Spiny Porcupinefish [kōkala] lurking in the shadows during the crepuscular period, (2) Male + Female Stareye Parrotfish [pōnuhunuhu] pair exhibiting dominance behavior, (3) Yellow Tang [lauʻīpala] school swimming over the coral reef area, (4) Green Sea Turtle [honu] stays submerged for several hours on a single breath of air, (5) Bigeye Trevally [pake ulua] school swimming in a circular pattern, (6) Lagoon & Reef Triggerfish [humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa] schools can become aggressive if around their territory or eggs and (7) Convict Tang [manini] school hovering over the reef flat in the early hours of the morning.

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #8

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description: This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Green Sea Turtle [honu] feeding on a seaweed patch, (2) Yellowmargined Moray Eel [puhi paka] taking breaths of fresh air, (3) Bluestripe Snapper [taʻape] school using this ledge as protection, (4) Black Triggerfish/Durgon [humuhumu ʻeleʻele] school in the process of mating and (5) Spotted Eagle Ray [hīhīmanu] using its duck-billed snout to search for prey buried underneath the sandy bottom.

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #7

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description: This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Hawaiian Dasycllus [ʻaloʻiloʻi] school seeking the shelter of a Lobe Coral, (2) Barred Jack school searching for invertebrates buried under the sandy bottom, (3) Brown Surgeonfish or Lavender Tang [māʻiʻiʻi] school in a feeding frenzy, (4) Whitespotted Surgeonfish [ʻapi] school on the hunt for algae/seaweed growing along the coral reef, (5) Bluestripe Snapper [taʻape] school cruising in "Sandmanʻs Patch," (6) Bigeye Trevally [pake ulua] school cruising along bottom and (7) Black Triggerfish [humuhumu ʻeleʻele] school cruising at ocean surface.

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #6

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description: This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Day Octopus [heʻe] roaming in crystal clear conditions, (2) Thornback Cowfish [makukana] using this seaweed patch as protection, (3) Moorish Idol [kihikihi] swimming along the reef ledge, (4) Female Spectacled Parrotfish (uhuʻahuʻula) feeding on coralline algae off this coral lobe, (5) Milkfish [awa] school swimming in a circular pattern and (6) Bigeye Scad [ʻakule] staying close together for protection.

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #5

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description: This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Flying/Helmet Gurnard [loloaʻu] glides along the sandy bottom, (2) Lagoon Triggerfish [humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa] searching for sea urchins, (3) Green Sea Turtle [honu] swimming in crystal clear water, (4) Hawaiian Flagtail [āholehole] school close-up in the "Keyhole Lagoon, " (5) Striped Mullet [ʻamaʻama] school searching for buried invertebrates in "Sandmanʻs Patch," and (5) Bluefin Trevally ['ōmilu] school & Yellowfin Surgeonfish [pualu] in a feeding frenzy.

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #4

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description: This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Blacktail Wrasse [hīnālea luahine] coming in for a closer inspection of the camera lens, (2) Devil Scorpionfish [nohu ʻomakaha] utilizing camouflage to hide in this dark crevice, (3) Blue Goatfish [moano ʻukali ulua] school hunting alongside a Bluefin Trevally [ʻōmilu], (4) Peppered Moray Eel [puhi] seeking a new crevice to inhabit, (5) Bigfin Reef Squid [mūheʻe] keeping its distance in this sandy patch and (6) Bigeye Trevally [pake ulua] swimming back and forth across the coral reef flat.

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #3

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description: This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Spiny Porcupinefish [kōkala] sleeping in a hole during daylight hours, (2) Hawaiian Flagtail (āholehole) school intermingled with Sharpnose Mullet [uouoa] school, (3) Panther Flounder [pākiʻi] swimming close to the sandy bottom, (4) Reef Triggerfish [humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa] exhibiting its territorial behavior, (5) Whitemouth Moray Eel [puhi ʻōniʻo] with its hunting partner a Bluefin Trevally [ʻōmilu] and (6) Green Sea Turtle [honu] swimming side-by-side with a Manybar Goatfish [moana].

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #2

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description: This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Juvenile Yellowstripe Goatfish [ʻoama] school hanging out above the sandy bottom, (2) Juvenile Rockmover Wrasse close-up, (3) Day Octopus [heʻe] enjoying the sun, (4) Pacific Threadfin [moi] pair using their pectoral fin rays to search the sandy bottom for buried prey, (5) Male Christmas Wrasse [ʻawela] swimming right up to the camera lens and (6) Sharpnose Mullet (uouoa) school swimming just below the ocean surface.

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Hanauma Bay Underwater World: Volume #1

Photo by Gavin Iwai

Video description: This video features a diversity of marine life that includes: (1) Raccoon Butterflyfish [kīkākapu] pair on the hunt for food, (2) Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse cleaning a school of Yellowfin Goatfish [wekeʻula], (3) Convict Tang [manini] school swimming in crystal clear water, (4) Achilles Tang [pākuʻikuʻi] school cruising in the Surge Zone and (5) Juvenile Bluefin Trevally [ʻōmilu] school swimming near the Cable Channel. 

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