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Red fish that hides in a cave can be ID’d as 1 of 3 species

  • COURTESY SUSAN SCOTT

    A blue, pink and yellow Hawaiian cleaner wrasse cleans a soldierfish as two others wait their turn just outside their cave.

Whenever I peek in a cave I pass during one of my favorite snorkeling routes, the Dr. Seuss book title, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” starts worming through my brain. Even though I can only see flashes of scarlet in the dark little space, I know there’s at least one or two fish in there and they’re red. And that narrows the identity down to one of three red cave dwellers in Hawaii: soldierfish, squirrelfish or bigeyes. Read more

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