While we’ve done a handful of night scuba dives, we’ve never snorkeled at night—partly because it’s kind of scary. But even snorkeling during the day we see numerous nocturnal species hunkering in the relative darkness of caves and crevices. Here are a couple, both photographed at Mahukona.
Pearly soldierfish. Groups of these and the similar bigscale soldierfish can be seen at most snorkeling spots in North Kohala. These favored spearfishing targets are rather shy, tending to move deeper into their hiding spots when approached for a photograph.
Common bigeyes are generally solitary. They are somewhat less timid than the soldierfish despite being another favorite spearing target. The goldrim tangs seem to show up everywhere.