BY TERRY LILLEY– Thousands of tourist flock to Hawaii every year to enjoy our warm water, beautiful reefs and our unique marine life from sea turtles (honu) to our beautiful butterfly fish (kikakapu). People snorkel and dive by the thousands at Hanauma Bay on Oahu, along the Kona Coast of the big island all the way to Tunnels Reef in Kauai. When I dive and snorkel at these spots I often hear the tourist say when they get out of the water “what was that beautiful fish we just saw?”
As a marine biologist and surfer I am in the water almost everyday studying our reefs and marine life. Seven years ago I decided to video every reef creature I could find in Hawaii with my underwater HD video cam, and make a professional movie so when the tourist asked me to help them identify a fish I could just hand them a DVD to watch.
After doing over 1,000 scuba dives on five different Hawaiian islands my movie is finished and ready for sale. It has over 100 of the most common fish species shot in beautiful High Definition. The movie captures each fish in its natural surroundings, day and night and will also teach you each of their Hawaiian names and what the names mean.
This movie took over 2,000 hours to edit so you get to view each fish in stunning detail, better than one could normally see while snorkeling or diving!
The movie will be sold in dive shops, snorkel rental shops, sea life parks, museums, fish and tackle stores and aquarium stores world wide. Hawaiian reef fish are often kept as salt water aquarium pets and now their owners can see what each fish looks like in the wild.
The movie sells for less than $25 retail and can be shared with the whole family including the science class at school! Even the fishermen will enjoy this movie seeing all the varieties of ulua, uhu and kumu that they love to catch, and big sharks face to face in the safety of your own living room!
My proceeds from the sale of this video will go back into my coral reef research project to help keep the reefs and marine life in Hawaii healthy for future generations to enjoy.
The name of the new movie is “The Worlds Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fish” and it is the fist in a series of professional movies I am going to release soon. The next video will be called “The Worlds Guide to Hawaiian Reef Creatures” which will feature lobsters (ula), octopus (he’e), sea turtles (honu), urchins (wana) and much more!
I am also doing under water movies in the Caribbean, California, the Philippines and other locations to document their reefs and marine life so we can make additional movies and sponsor ongoing research projects and school education.
The “Worlds Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fish” is currently being sold at Seasport Divers in Kauai and will be out in other stores soon plus you can purchase it from me at www.underwater2web.com. I am looking for distributors for the entire video series and I have over 50,000 beautiful underwater still pictures that can be used in adds, news stories and marketing.
Mahalo for your support in helping us monitor and care for our reefs here in Hawaii and enjoy the 45 minute long movie! Please feel free to forward this email and I have attached a copy of the cover of the video. I can also send over some beautiful still pictures of the fish that were taken right out of the HD video!
Terry Lilley is a Marine Biologist in Hanalei, Hawaii