DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!!
Michaela's wild Challenge
is an adventure show featuring Michaela Strachan and her companions
traveling the planet in search of some of the world's roughest and toughest
for UK Broadcaster Five
This month we are featuring Pufferfish for the VERY SPECIAL REASON OF…
They are the favorite fish of my 3yr old nephew Nate Wheeler, who loves watching "A Beautiful Journey Beneath the Sea" I am told he knows almost all the fish by name! Just think, he'll be the only kid in his NYC preschool that can tell you that "Bloat" (from Finding Nemo) is actually a "Porcupinefish".
Pufferfish can be found in all shapes and sizes here in Hawaii, from the smaller Tobys to the largest of the Porcupinefish. Feeding primarily on a combination of shellfish and crabs, Pufferfish can be seen either day and night swimming in the open or hiding in the rocks and coral.
They inflate by swallowing
water and expanding their bellies to become more difficult prey or as
you can see in the video, wedge themselves under rocks . They will also
swallow air if brought to the surface but that can be fatal for them
if unable to "deflate".
Watch the video to
see some of Hawaii's Pufferfish. Puffed and unpuffed!!
Dive Site of the month
Canyon (south side)
Turtle Canyon is a
series of finger reefs that extend off the shore in front of Waikiki
beach. For whatever reason it has become a regular one stop feeding-sleeping-cleaning
station for many green sea turtles. On any dive you will see turtles
hovering over the rocks, sometimes 4 or 5 at a time, getting cleaned
by a variety if cleaner fish.
Editors Side Note
this busy holiday season, I have had some great dives with both new
and repeat customers. So Jamie has put together a tribute to the fun
we had with 2 videos to watch. "Friends Above" & "Friends
KEEP OUR OCEANS BLUE