Garish Giant Moray
After a cheeky surface current the decent was done and the first treat of the beautiful dive was this massive fella!!! I found him intriguing with his strange jaw ‘gurning’ ;) The reason for this is the eel needs to push water down his throat to rush fresh oxygenated water over his gills. I waited for some time for a cleaner wrasse to pop along and clean his teeth but to no avail. He was however massive and greeted me at the very first part of yet another stunning dive.
As the name suggests, it is a large eel, reaching up to 3 m in length and 30 kg in weight. Its serpentine in shape body has a brownish background color. While juveniles are tan in color with large black spots, itsamazing how they many different creatures change as they grow. Adults have black specks that grade into leopard-like spots behind the head and a black area surrounding the gill opening.
Most eels live in the shallow waters of the ocean and burrow into sand, mud, or amongst rocks. A majority of eel species are nocturnal, are rarely seen. Sometimes, they are seen living together in holes, or "eel pits". Some species of eels also live in deeper water on the continental shelves and over the slopes deep as 4,000 m. Only members of the Anguilla regularly inhabit fresh water, but they, too, return to the sea to breed.
This was another Eel and his mate I recently caught but unfortunately the strobe did not fire, as you can guess I'm kicking my self some what! So with some tweaking this is what I managed to get from the raw file. However I'm sure I wont get another chance to see this white eye with his porki mate again in a hurry!