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Green Moray Eel at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD

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Published on Apr 10, 2012

According to the aquarium's official site, the green moray is actually brown! The yellow tint of the mucus that covers its body, in combination with the drab background color, gives the fish its namesake green color

The moray's muscular, scaleless body is laterally compressed (flattened side to side).

The dorsal and anal fins are continuous with the short tail, or caudal fin, giving the appearance of a single fin running from the top of the head, along the back, around the tail, and underneath forward to mid-body.

It has neither pelvic nor pectoral fins. The green moray has tube-like nostrils and uses its sense of smell to locate prey.

With long, scaleless bodies, green moray eels often feared and mistaken for sea serpents.

Green morays are sedentary predators with strong teeth. Rather than hunting for food, they wait until food comes to them.

Part of their vicious reputation may come from the fact that they habitually open and close their mouths, which shows off their sharp teeth. Although this behavior may appear threatening, the eel is actually taking in water to breathe. The water passes over the gills and exits through vent-like openings at the back of the head.

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