Strange creatures: White-eyed moray eel

white eye moray eel seen in indonesia

There are some funny-looking creatures that live in the sea around Indonesia. This is a white-eyed moray eel, also known as freckled moray, slender moray, greyface moray or, if you’re into scientific names, Gymnothorax thyrsoideus.

You’ll find these eels mostly in lagoons and protected reefs (and shipwrecks) around the Indo-Pacific, from surface level to 35 meters deep. They’re carnivores, and feed on small fish and crustaceans, mostly at night. If you come across one, you’ll notice that it opens and closes its mouth – something that can look pretty threatening, but don’t be alarmed. It does this to move water through its gills for respiration; these eels are actually pretty shy creatures, and will usually only attack if they’re provoked.

The image here was shot near Lombok by Dunia Baru’s cruise director Leah Sindel.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s