Christina and Javier’s Surgeonfish

These two Surgeonfishes were recently brought to me by my lovely Kihei neighbors, Christina and Javier.

Eyestripe Surgeonfish (Acanthurus dussumieri)

Known locally as “palani”, the Eyestripe surgeonfish is a colorful fish usually found resting under ledges, preferring depths of 6 meters or more. Surgeonfishes are named for the sharp, sometimes venomous blade-like caudal spines ahead of the tail. Many vibrantly colored fishes will lose their color once they are taken out of the water and will turn a brownish gray, as my photos demonstrate. When making my prints, I strive to capture the fish as they appear under water.


Christina and Javier

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