Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Arothron Meleagris - Spotted Puffer. Yellow ain't the regular color...

OK, so I can't get enough of the puffer that Cathy took photos of yesterday. Here's the regular coloration of the spotted puffers we see, it's from a photo I took about 3 years back. Quite a contrast from the yellow colored one for sure. The shot below is another pic that Cathy took as the puffer from yesterday was just inside the mouth of a cave/puka (puka is essentially Hawaiian for "hole").

Apparently the yellow coloration is more common in other parts of the Indo-Pacific, but for Hawaii it's a pretty unusual sighting. It was definitely the highlight of yesterdays outing, even though they saw a Great Barracuda, a frogfish, a couple of eagle rays, a couple groups of psychedelic wrasses, an octopus and other cool stuff.

8 comments:

cube said...

Beautiful.

threecollie said...

Discovered your blog on BE and can't get enough. Wonderful stuff!

Jenny said...

I love the pictures, have you any of deep sea ones?

Andy said...

Beautiful pics--I especially like the yellow puffer.

Anonymous said...

I caught one on Guam a few years ago and donated her to the Underwater World Aquarium in Tumon Bay. They named her Mango. I believe she is still there endearing herself to the visitors and getting big.

Steve said...

Thanks everyone.

Steve

Just A Girl From L.A. said...

Been a fan for a while! Love the yellow puffer! :)

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