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Chain Link Moray Eel Swimming

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Uploaded on Feb 11, 2011

This is a video of a Chain Link Moray Eel in the Loggerhead Marinelife Center's coral reef aquarium. It is currently 14 inches long and lives with several other fish. This moray eel arrived at Loggerhead Marinelife Center on February 10, 2011. Chain link moray eels have long slender bodies. They have white coloring with a slightly yellow tint. They get their name for round, black or gray chain markings across their entire bodies.

Moray eels have poor vision and hearing senses, so they rely heavily on smell to locate prey. Moray eels are often found amongst coral reefs and lurking in crevices at the sea floor. Their usual hunting method involves hiding in a crevice and with quick reflexes pouncing on passing fish. It's quite rare to see moray eels swimming in open water during the day as they are nocturnal.

The moray eel lives in tropical areas of the sea, this creature likes to hunt in the night, the moray eel likes to eat dead fish, octopus and other crustaceans. Moray eels are sometimes they are called painted eels because of the bright coloration of certain species. The skin of morays is thick and lacks scales, and most species have low dorsal (top) fins and lack pectoral and pelvic fins. Green moray eels are actually blue, but a slimy yellow coating on their bodies makes them appear green. The slime protects these common tropical eels as they wiggle through jagged caves and rocky crevices. They come out at night to feed, but prefer small spaces and hiding places in rocks and caves during the day.

Because most moray eels have low dorsal (top) fins and lack pectoral and pelvic fins, they do not have a great amount of lateral stability. It is not uncommon to see moray eels lying or drifting on their sides or even upside down.

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