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    UPDATED: Juvenile Genicanthus Personatus Spotted, Collection Attempt to be Made

    Genicanthus personatus in a Japanese reef tank. Photo © Koji Wada Among a small group of die hard Angelfish fans and skilled divers in Hawaii, there is a known location where the endemic Masked Angelfish (Genicanthus personatus) can occasionally be seen. Glassbox has gotten word that multiple juvenile Genicanthus personatus angels have recently been spotted […]

    Genicanthus personatus

    Genicanthus personatus in a Japanese reef tank. Photo © Koji Wada

    Among a small group of die hard Angelfish fans and skilled divers in Hawaii, there is a known location where the endemic Masked Angelfish (Genicanthus personatus) can occasionally be seen. Glassbox has gotten word that multiple juvenile Genicanthus personatus angels have recently been spotted there, at depths of just 250 ft. [See update below, two females have been collected thus far.]

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    Genicanthus personatus. Photo © Koji Wada

    Two-hundred-fifty is extremely deep. But for Masked Angels in the main Hawaiian islands, such an opportunity makes it seem like a tidepool. A few divers and collectors are already planning trips.

    One diver has already announced to the world he will be catching 6 to 8 Reese’s pieces. The probability of this many being collected is slim; keep in mind, none have been collected yet. We wish any collectors braving the descent, the best of luck–be safe!


    UPDATE: One dive crew has already found the “spot” and managed to collect a single female at roughly 250ft! Word has it this specimen is slated to go to Asia. An image of the the diver, Rob Lower and the fish can be seen here. Congrats to Rob and his dive crew.

    UPDATE II: An additional 6.5″ female has been collected on 8/16.

    H/T to the usual suspects: Copps & Koji – added to the list Chris C. & Rob M.

     

    6 Comments

    1. jmaneyapanda
      August 11, 2010 at 1:32 PM | Permalink

      No way. They remind me of those creamsicles. Mmmmmmmmmmm, creamsicles.

    2. RM
      August 15, 2010 at 5:09 PM | Permalink

      They got one on the first dive…. a day and a half to go!

    3. animalmaster6
      August 15, 2010 at 9:29 PM | Permalink

      Wow!
      Masked Angelfish are an awesome fish. Hope tehy catch more!

    4. Spike12472
      August 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM | Permalink

      you know I would like to know that the guy who collected it would know better than to hold the fish up to take a pic and not stress it out. Dude only sees a $ sign and couldn't care less how it does after it's sold. How unfortunate

    5. ikaika
      August 18, 2010 at 8:28 PM | Permalink

      Well just to let you all know Robert Lower is notorious for breaking coral heads and live reef with a crowbar to catch fish. that guy is only in it for the money $$$ conservation doesn’t phase him. All the local fish divers here in Hawaii knows of him. he spys on other veteran divers on the boat he uses so he can go down and catch everything and leave nothing. AUWE! ROBERT LOWER! AUWE!

    6. ikaika
      August 18, 2010 at 3:28 PM | Permalink

      Well just to let you all know Robert Lower is notorious for breaking coral heads and live reef with a crowbar to catch fish. that guy is only in it for the money $$$ conservation doesn't phase him. All the local fish divers here in Hawaii knows of him. he spys on other veteran divers on the boat he uses so he can go down and catch everything and leave nothing. AUWE! ROBERT LOWER! AUWE!

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