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.