Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

This beautiful mouthful of a name belong's to Hawai'i's state fish, newly reinstated to this lofty status.

Humuhumu-nukunuku-a-pua‘a means "triggerfish with a pig-like short snout". Also known as wedge tail triggerfish. Whatever you call it, a fun sight on Hawai'i's shallow reefs.

...and speaking of unusual names, who knows what a "gooey duck" is? (a local favorite where I live, definitely not a bird, and it's gotta be high on anyone's list of unusual animals)

1 comment:

FishFinder said...

Well Mark, if fishnerds are allowed to anwer a gooeyduck is a clam located in the Pacific Northwest. Tastey stuff, too.
By the way, the Humahuma... yeah, that... is the only think I know how to say in Hawaiian. Pretty fun to snorkel with, though.
Dig the site, keep it up.