The armored searobin, Scalicus engyceros, was one of the fishes that famous ichthyologist David Starr Jordan, the original president of Stanford University, reported among the specimens floating offshore of a 1919 lava flow from Mauna Loa. This individual was seen during a dive on August 29, 2015, off Keahole Point, several miles north of the 1919 lava flow on the Kona Coast of Hawaii Island.
This image was featured as our April 27, 2021, Image of the Day. For the full gallery, visit oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/multimedia/daily-image/welcome.html.
Image courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration, 2015 Hohonu Moana.