I promised you a story about my experience with a fish in Hawaii.
While snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, I spotted a long skinny fish of some kind swimming toward me. Thinking it was an eel, I freaked. You have to realize I was only nineteen and had never seen any ocean fish, let alone anything quite as exotic and strange as tropical ones.
As I recall, I stopped swimming, whipped off my facemask and snorkel, and hollered at my friend. “It’s an eel!”
He quickly dove under to examine the situation. When he popped up he informed me it was only a pipefish. How embarrassing. The pipefish was a lovely blue color, and months later when I did see an eel (I wasn’t in the water with it, thank goodness!) I could see how much larger and darker it was.
Makes a great memory!
Although the one I saw was blue, here are a couple photos of pipefish.
Mahalo for visiting!