Video of the Week: An Encounter Like No Other

Nature Up Close. An Encounter Like No Other

Witnessing a moray eel hunting is a treat on any night dive. But how about in broad daylight, when the prey is a fellow eel? Incredible!

More About the Moray Eel

Moray eels may look very snake-like but they are in fact fish. Keeping their mouths open allows constant circulation over their gills allowing them to breath like other fish but sometimes gives them a menacing look.

There are around 200 species that range in size from four inches to up to six and a half feet in length with some weighing in around 30 lbs. and an average lifespan of 10 to 30 years.

They have large eyes but do not see very well relying on their good sense of smell to help locate prey for their carnivorous diet. A slimy mucus covering their body allows them to quickly slither around without getting scratched up.

Moray eels have two sets of teeth with one located in the jaw and one in the throat. This helps them hold on to slippery prey and break up the food for digesting.