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#1 derway


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Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:13 PM

I saw a most remarkable behavior a few days ago, in kahalu'u - a wonderful snorkel beach, in kona. In not more than 5 feet deep of water, I saw 2 male spotted box fish. They were full grown males - 5 or 6 inches purple colored slow swimming boxes, not graceful nor fast! Almost never seen far from the bottom, or coral or rocks.. These 2 started on the bottom, about 6 feet apart, then they slowly angled their way up at about 45 degrees, keeping an eye on each other. They went all the way to the surface, where they locked jaws, and tussled for a brief second, and spun in a circle, then let go and practically flew through the air, out about 6 inches, then returned back down to their respective corners. Oh for a video camera!

Anyone ever seen this or photograph or video this?

Google does not show any descriptions of acting like this, though it does say the males are territorial, so only one can be kept in an aquarium.

Don Erway

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