Snorkeling Identification
Fish, Creatures, Corals

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Fish, Corals & Creatures Others Have Shared

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Get Help With Fish Identification on iNaturalist 
Did you know you can get help with fish identification on I want to encourage everyone to post your fish photos to It's …

Help with Fish ID, Turks & Caicos - Blenny? 
While in Turks and Caicos our guide snapped this photo of what I think is a type of blenny. But I don't know what specific type. Can anyone help ID this …

Another Great Barrier Reef Fish Identication? 
Does anyone know what kind of fish this is? I spotted it last month on the Great Barrier Reef. Thanks!

ID for Unknown Fish - Great Barrier Reef? 
Can anyone identify this fish I saw on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia? It's not the greatest photo, but I've been unable to match it to anything. …

Need Identification for this Fish in Indonesia 
Could someone help figure out an identification for this fish? I saw it in Indonesia and it reminded me of an angel fish. Thank you.

Are These Groupers Graysbys or Coneys? 
I'm uncertain if these groupers are Graysbys or Coneys. Does anybody know? They were seen off of Marathon Key on 3/6/18. Thanks!

Help Identify Yucatan Mexico Fish 
Part of a recent whale shark tour off the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico included a snorkeling equipment check in relatively shallow …

Need Identification Of This St John Fish 
We encountered this strange fish at Maho Bay on St John last week. Can anyone help with identification? Is it a dogfish or cat shark? The fins are confusing …

Looking To Identify This Maui Fish 
I wonder if anyone can help me identify this Maui fish. It was hanging around Yellow Tang, but it was much larger, very camouflaged, not afraid of me above …

Can Anyone Help Identify This Aitutaki, Cook Islands Fish? 
I got a photo of this shy fish while snorkeling at Aitutaki, Cook Islands. I have tried to identify it with my books and assorted web pages and keep coming …

How Do I Spot An Octopus? 
I'll be traveling to St. John in mid-January and would love to see an octopus. Any advice on how to spot an octopus, like where and how to look? Thanks! …

Identify This Unusual Big Island Hawaii Fish? 
Can anyone identify this unusual Big Island Hawaii fish? I saw this at 2 Step snorkel spot. Anyone have an idea what it might be? Thanks.

Can Anyone Identify This Possible Worm? 
Can anyone help me identify this creature I found snorkeling in St John, USVI? I believe it may be a worm of some sort. I was in water 3 feet deep. …

Mystery Butterflyfish In Bora Bora 
Can anyone help us identify this mystery butterflyfish we found? We were at the Bora Bora Pearl from April 1-5, 2015. We spent mornings and afternoons …

Need Help Identifying Boca Catalina, Aruba Fish 
Can anyone help me identify this fish we spotted at Boca Catalina in Aruba? He was on bottom and looked more like a reptile. He was black or really dark. …

What Are These Culebra Creatures? 
While going a little insane using the Gimp program Galen and Nicole recommended in their recent newsletter on pictures I took in Culebra earlier this year, …

Can Anyone Identify This St John Fish? 
I saw this small fish (about 3-4") while snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay off St. John, USVI yesterday. I have never seen anything like it. I'm thinking maybe …

Can you help identify this Maui fish? 
I found this beautiful creature while snorkeling at Napili Bay, on Maui. I cannot for the life of me find out what this is. Can you help? I have more photos …

Help Identifying This Oahu Fish 
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 …

Big Island, HI Fish ID Help Needed 
Can you please identify this fish? I could not find it in your fish guide in your Big Island Snorkeling Guide eBook. Taken while snorkeling at Kahalu'u …

What Type Of Wrasse Is This? 
Does anybody know what type of wrasse juvenile this is? This cute little guy with red eyes and pointed black nose has a unique round black spot on its …

What Is The Name Of This Black Tropical Fish With White Stripes? 
Can anyone identify this fish? He is a shy fellow who was hiding under the same section of reef two days in a row along the shore at Kaanapali, Maui. He …

Underwater Sounds? 
What are the clicking sounds heard underwater while snorkeling in Hawaii? Also heard them in Florida Keys.



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