Sharing moments in time…

That’s a Moray….


“put your hand in a crack,

and you won’t get it back,

That’s  a Moray”        –   Divers song (sung to the tune of the Dean Martin song “That’s Amore”

There is a common misconception that Moray Eels are fearsome creatures always looking to take a divers hand or fingers off if they get too close. Its based on the fact that Moray’s can be large, not particularly beautiful, and always seem to be showing their dental work.  The real story is that the Morays are mouth breathers so they can force more water through their gills.  If a diver gets bit, it is probably because the Moray couldn’t see that his fingers weren’t small fish – the Moray’s eye site is not very sharp.  They do a lot through their sense of smell.  If you look closely at the photo (double click on it) you can see two sets of nostrils, one by the tip of its nose and one above the eyes, for bringing in and expelling water through its nasal sensors.  In any case its always fun to find these guys.  There were not a lot of them on our dives but we did see at least 3 different species.  This one was right at the end of a swim through cave that opened out into a beautiful soft coral forest.

Bad reputation for a fairly docile creature

6 responses

  1. Tony

    “When the moon hits your eye..”.lol. Great post name! I got it right away. Fantastic! Great job! Tony

    April 14, 2012 at 11:34 am

    • Thanks Tony – I was wondering how many people would get that association quickly.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

  2. I’m sorry, but if I saw this on a swim I would never go in the water again. You have some tremendous photos though. You are welcome to it.

    April 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    • Sorry Lynne – didn’t mean to give anyone nightmares…

      April 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm

  3. purpleowltree1234

    ewwwwwwwww. i’m scared of pretty much anything alive in the water. i saaw a humpback whale from a plane once n that felt safe n was pretty awesome. i was in a bad boaat accident when i was about 14. had to jump in the ocean over a deep trench with sharks in the Phils. nighmares for the rest of my life. always glad to get away from the ocean or big rivers.

    July 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    • Rach – sorry to hear about your accident. I love the water and the life there – I think you’ll find some in my upcoming posts that are much more lovable than the Moray

      July 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm

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