Help Identifying This Oahu Fish

by Jerry Winkel
(Lindon, Utah, USA)

I found this fish on the west side of Oahu. It doesn't look to me like a Lion or Turkey fish. It basically looks like a Cicada. When it moved the wings got a slight bluish tint on the ends. It appeared to change colors before my eyes like an octopus. I didn't see anything looking like thorns.

Any ideas?


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Feb 17, 2013
Flying Gurnard
by: Galen & Nicole

We are nearly positive that is a Flying Gurnard. Here is a picture on Wikipedia that if you look carefully you can see the same identifying marks.

Another of our site visitors saw one near Waikiki.

Feb 17, 2013
by: Cary Bennett

Looks EXACTLY like the one I saw on Kuhio Beach last October!!!

May 23, 2019
Saw this Too
by: Anonymous

Saw the same looking fish in question near Waikiki by the marina while walking on the dock area. I went to watch the locals surf early and spotted puffers, triggers, and this interesting guy.

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