A fast moving fish needing much swimming space and very good water movement.
Because of their large, skinless pectoral fins, hawkfishes are able to perch upon fire corals without incurring harm.
Many fish of this species are characterized by laterally compressed bodies, a row of enlarged scales along the side near the tailfin.
These fish have blade-like spines on either side of the base of the tail, which are sometimes used defensively by the
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge and six other national wildlife refuges are seemingly just dots near the equator of the Pacific Ocean, but upon a closer look these islands, reefs, and atolls are at the epicenter of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the largest marine conservation area in the world. These refuges host terrestrial and marine life in numbers and unique and specialized life forms beyond our imagination and they provide a safe haven for millions of birds and marine life that swarm to shallow areas and islands to rest, to feed, to mate, and to give life to their off-spring.Learn More
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Protecting the Pacific's Cultural and Natural Heritage
Colonizing the islands was a harrowing experience that claimed the lives of three young men: Carl Kahalewai who died of appendicitis in 1938, and Joseph Keliihananui and Richard “Dickey” Whaley who were killed during an attack on the island on December 8, 1941.Learn more
Corallimorphus / Sea Anemone
These beautiful marine animals with wavy tentacles, resemble underwater flowers.
Fish, snails or crabs that blunder into these waving fronds are soon paralysed by the stinging tentacles, engulfed by the central mouth and digested.
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Last Updated: May 15, 2015