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Every time we descend onto a coral reef or investigate a wreck dive, we scuba divers recognize how fortunate we are. We discover secret gems and magnificent sea critters every time we dive. If you don’t dive, here are 7 magnificent marine species you’ll only be able to view once you’ve received your certification for scuba diving lessons in Maui.

1. Dolphins

Dolphins are seldom seen while scuba diving in Maui Hawaii. If you do, they will generally dart in and leave, without staying long. Some lucky divers may pique a dolphin’s curiosity, prompting the animal to show off or play.

To mention a few, there are sea lions, harbor seals, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, and giant manta rays. — All of these huge creatures are included for a reason. Seals may be constantly entertaining since they are naturally interested and like posing and exploring.

2. Manatees

These huge herbivorous creatures resemble a water-based hybrid of cows and elephants. They have smaller flippers with bones that resemble fingers and arms. Their heads and tails are unlike any other animal’s. They snooze a lot and wake up every few minutes for air (and less often when they sleep). During the winter, they go to the Florida river basins. The average adult is around 10 feet long and weighs approximately a thousand pounds. When snorkeling among manatees, there are rules about what you can and can’t do. They can be very self-absorbed (mainly eating and sleeping), or they can be highly playful and crave human interaction.

3. Reef Fish

They come in a variety of sizes, colors, shapes, and personalities. They all have distinct personalities as well! Some are introverted, while others are extroverted. Some are nocturnal, while others favor daytime hours.

Parrotfish are among the most entertaining. They earned their name from a pair of teeth that resembles the beak of a parrot. They should be called clownfish if the term hasn’t already been used because they’re a lot of fun to watch. They have a silly grin on their faces and are often buzzing around, clowning and harassing other fish. Parrotfish eat corals and spew out sand, among other amusing activities. There are about a hundred different parrotfish species. Tropical ones are generally between a foot and two feet long.

4. Sharks and Eels

Both of them have an acute sense of smell. Sharks have excellent vision, whereas eels do not. Sharks can be spotted at any time of day, although eels are more active at night. It’s wise to keep away from the toothy end of both! Eels appear to be more dangerous than they are, but it’s still a good idea to avoid their razor-sharp teeth.

5. Redspotted Blenny

Many of these fish are very gorgeous, and some of them have thick filaments on their heads, giving them a humorous appearance. There are around 800 kinds of blennies in the water, and finding them requires a keen eye. They like to hide in home burrows or nooks and are solitary. Some of them have even been found in bottles.

6. Leafy Seadragon

Because of their likeness to fabled dragons, these popular seahorse and pipefish receive their names. Leafies is how they’re lovingly referred to. To discover and photograph them, divers travel to Edithburgh and Rapid Jetty.

7. Whale Shark

Divers hope to see a whale shark for the rest of their life. From June to September, they may schedule safe snorkel-only encounters in destinations like Isla Contoy, Mexico, where sharks congregate in great numbers to feast on abundant plankton, their preferred diet. But it’s much more amazing when it happens unexpectedly, which may happen anywhere on the planet.

So, these were some of the see animals that only scuba divers can see. Get in touch with Scubabarry to experience the best scuba diving in Maui Hawaii.