When I first got into the water near a small island near Coibas (Panama), to go snorkeling, we encountered our first friend — a pale, gray…and quite dapper…Guineafowl Puffer Fish. He was pretty much hanging out by himself in the shallow waters — not up to much. And, as we got deeper into the reefs, I noticed more of these brilliant creatures — mostly brilliant yellow ones and a rich, dark blue ones.
They are very curious and very stand-offish. They will not scuttle away like other fish when you go near them (well, probably because they know they have serious puffing/pricking ability). Although they keep their distance, they are very interested in you. They were definitely one of my favorite fish during our time in the water: