Moray eels come in a variety of shapes, sizes and patterns & are often encountered by divers.
They often hide their long, slender bodies in holes and crevices during the day, allowing only their head to protrude.
Because of the position of their gills they must open and close their mouths repeatedly to allow water to pass and facilitate breathing.
This behaviour is often mistaken for aggression, but in reality most morays are shy and quick to retreat into their holes.
If they feel threatened however, they are capable of inflicting a nasty bite, but only as a last resort.
Moray eels are a favourite for our divers, who regularly see the giant moray on their dives.
Moray Eels are nearly all nocturnal hunters, feeding at night when their poor eyesight is less of a handicap and their acute sense of smell comes into its own.
They are usually solitary, although they do sometimes share their home with another moray.
Most Morays are opportunistic hunters, feeding at night & making the most of their long slender bodies to reach even the smallest nooks in the reef.
They are restricted in the size of their prey as they cannot chew their food, so any prey must be able to fit through their jaws whole.
It is though they sometimes go weeks at a time without choosing to eat, although it is not known why they do this.