EEL-SPOTTING: FORAYS WITH MORAYS (7)
MORAY EELS are plentiful around the reefs of the Bahamas. Some species, anyway. The ones you are most likely to encounter are green morays, and the spotted morays shown here. Less common are chain and golden-tail morays and, rarer still I suspect (because I have only one image in the archive…) is the ‘purple-mouth’.
Despite their moderately intimidating appearance – an adult may grow to 1.5 meters or more, with sharp teeth at the front end – these eels are not especially aggressive unless provoked. Best to assume that all humans will behave respectfully around them and remember that people are the intruders in the eels’ domain.
Morays tend to be loners of the reefs, but they do gather in groups from time to time. And as shown below, they will also hunt with other species, for example this tiger grouper.
Looks friendly enough…
A long and surprisingly large body, generally concealed in the crevices of the reef
Credits: Melinda Riger / Grand Bahama Scuba