Collected by FV Gemma while collecting squid in Menemsha bight. Came back in very good shape. Held for two days then transferred to Woods Hole Aquarium on 5 Oct. approximately 20 inches in length not including a 1 foot tail filament.
Snorkeling in 2-5 feet of water.
This was disturbing. I found this half-fish floating face-down in the shallows right as I was about to exit the water. I grabbed it to take advantage of the opportunity for close-up photos, and it wriggled away! It was still very much alive-- pectoral fins swimming, eyes looking around, mouth opening sometimes. :(
Diving along the north side of Napili Bay, max depth 15 feet.
The cornetfishes are a small family, the Fistulariidae, of extremely elongated fishes in the order Syngnathiformes. The family consists of just a single genus, Fistularia, with four species, found worldwide in tropical and subtropical marine environments.