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Snorkel with Hawaii’s State Fish Humuhumunukunukuapua’a AKA Rectangular Triggerfish
Hawaii’s state fish is the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, or for short, the Hawaiians call it the Humuhumu. This is an interesting fish that is often found in the coral and reef areas near the Hawaiian Islands. The Humuhumu fish is also known as the triggerfish and is indigenous to the South Pacific Ocean. It has distinct markings and color. They are often seen when one is snorkeling the reef of Maui. Gemini Sailing Tours would like to share some interesting facts about the Humuhumu fish that you can see for yourself with Gemini Sailing Snorkeling Tours.
Hawaii State Fish Humuhumunukunukuapua’a Pronunciation & Translation
For those who are wondering how in the world you pronounce Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, it is pronounced (hoo-moo-hoo-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-ah-poo-ah-ah) and that is quite a mouthful. The Hawaiian name for the Humuhumu fish translates as the “fish that snorts like a pig.” Oddly enough, this fish does make a grunt like sound and it does indeed resemble that of a pig. The Humuhumu fish is known for it’s oddly shaped nose and coloring. These fish create a grunt sound by its snout shaped nose combined with its teeth. Humuhumu fish is one of the fewer fish in the sea that has teeth. The Humuhumu fish uses the shape of its mouth and teeth to create a jet stream of air that it blows into the sand to loosen it to find smaller fish, shrimp and other sources of food to eat. When the Humuhumu fish blows the jet stream, it creates the sound of a pig. Some theories suggest that the Humuhumu fish uses the grunt to communicate with other Humuhumu fish either to warn there is danger or to announce that there is a feast near by.
Hawaiian State Fish Identification
The Humuhumu fish is a smaller fish only getting up to 8 inch in length. The Humuhumu fish has a flat or thin body and it shape and rough scales help the fish hide in the tight crevasses of rock or coral to hide from predator. The Humuhumu fish also has the unique ability to change the pigment of is scale or skin that help it camouflage itself with it surroundings. Again this trait helps the Humuhumu fish hide from predators. The actual color and pattern of the Humuhumu fish does very however blacks, yellows, and grayish white color are typically present.
Is the Humuhumu Fish Aggressive?
The Humuhumu fish is not an aggressive species of fish however if they are annoyed they may come towards people in a threatening manner to attempt to scare people or other annoyances away. However the Humuhumu fish is harmless and this behavior just provides the sightseer a chance to get an up close and personal look of the Humuhumu fish. Traditionally the Humuhumu fish wasn’t ever used for eating however the Humuhumu fish hold a lot of oil which ancient Hawaiians use to help start fires.
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If you want to see the Hawaiian State Fish for yourself, book a snorkeling tour with Gemini Sailing Tours. We will get you up and close with the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a fish and maybe you can hear the Humuhumu fish grunt! Contact Gemini Sailing Tours and reserve your snorkeling or other sailing adventure today!