This weekend I saw a new fish and a fish I had seen before, but cannot find on websites.
The first is a grouper like fish. I saw 2 or 3, all in the 14-16 inches long. It had distinctive vertical strips down the body, beginning near the head. The stripes alternated dark and light, with maybe 8 total stripes. The tail was the tail of a normal grouper, not the rounded tail of a goliath. I was in 40th feet of water, so colors were washed out. When I shined a dive light, the coloration was close to a Red Grouper. My guess is that this fish was a juvenile something, but I have never seen this color stripe combination.
The second is a fish (or maybe amphibian, reptile, or bird) that I have seen two times. Once in 45 feet near OAR Reef 1 and the second at Barge 24 in 25 feet. The body is mottled grey. From the front of the fish, the fish head appears to be a lizard with a wide lizard-like mouth and eyes. Also, similar to a lizard, the fish lies upon the bottom and props up on the two front fins. The body is narrow and thin, with two distinctive fins near the head. The head is the widest part of the fish, with the body tapering to a point. The most unusual aspect of the fish is the two front fins. The fins are same structure as featherless bird wings, with the same bends one observes in chicken wings. The fish does not swim, but rather extends the wings to slide across the bottom. The first I saw was about 14 inches, the second was about 10 inches. Given the water depth, I assume this is a fish. Given the body structure, it could be amphibian, reptile, or bird.
I was sober in both cases. On the second fish, I wish I had a picture.