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Moray Eel Facts and Pictures

Morays are considered to be the largest of all eels and the most common is the 'cosmopolitan eel'. You can find them in most saltwater marine environments. Moray eels also inhabit many freshwater systems and some brackish waters.

The moray eel classification is not listed as an endangered species. Even so, it does get fished commercially in many countries.

Moray Eel Habitat

Morays tend to thrive better in shallow warm water habitats. They live near the seabed of coral reef formations or hidden in rock crevices and small caves.

Muraenidae are carnivores. The giant moray is the biggest eel of the species. It will feed on almost all mollusks, squid, crabs, octopuses, and cuttlefish. They also eat small tropical fishes such as the damselfish species.

Moray eels often kill their prey either by wrapping their body around the victim. They will squeeze it until it gets crushed flat enough to swallow. If not, they will tear prey into small bite-size pieces using two sets of razor sharp teeth. The back row of extra teeth help to break up the food ready for digestion.

One of the most curious of all moray eel facts is that it has two circular breathing gills located behind its head. They jabber their huge jaws constantly to circulate water from their mouth towards their gills.

The saltwater eel species can be aggressive. But, they rarely attack scuba divers. I have yet to see a giant moray eel attack anyone snorkeling above at the surface.

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Giant Moray Eels guarding their rock crevice habitat Fimbriated Moray Eel hiding under rock ledge

White Eyed Moray Eel Starry Moray Eel

Pictures of Moray Eels: Giant Moray | Fimbriated Moray Eel | White Eyed Moray Eels and the Starry Moray Eel. You may not find all these saltwater eels in Thailand. But, the Pattaya fish species section has further information about the marine life found around the coral islands.

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