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Moray Eel Facts

Facts about Moray Eels - They are considered to be the largest of all eels and the most common cosmopolitan eel can be found in most saltwater marine environments, freshwater systems - even in some brackish waters. The moray eel classification is not endangered up to date - and despite being fished commercially in many countries.

Moray Eel Habitat

Morays tend to thrive better in shallow warm water habitats and especially near the seabed of coral reef formations or hidden in rock crevices and small caves.

Muraenidae are carnivores and the biggest eel of the species, the giant moray eels, will feed on almost all mollusks, squid, crabs, cuttlefish, octopuses, and small tropical fishes such as the damselfish families.

Moray eels typically kill their prey either by wrapping their body around the victim until it is crushed flat enough to swallow or often they will simply tear its prey into small bite-size pieces using two sets of razor sharp teeth. The back row of extra teeth help to break up the food ready for digestion.

One of the most curious of all moray eel facts is that it has two circular breathing gills located behind its head. They jabber their huge jaws constantly to circulate water from their mouth towards their gills. Even though saltwater eel species can be aggressive they rarely attack scuba divers and I have yet to see a giant moray eel attack anyone snorkeling above at the surface.

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Giant Moray Eels guarding their rock crevice habitat Fimbriated Moray Eel hiding under rock ledge

White Eyed Moray Eel Starry Moray Eel

Pictures of Moray Eels: Giant Moray | Fimbriated Moray Eel | White Eyed Moray Eels and the Starry Moray Eel. Not all of these saltwater eels are commonly found in Thailand but our Pattaya fish species section has information about other marine life found in the shallow waters around the coral islands.

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