The exclusively marine sea life creatures are the moray eel that are found only in salt waters. Moray eel is owned by the eel family and the largest among them is the green moray eel.
The eels have an extended dorsal fin. The eels don’t have pectoral and pelvic fins. They generally have small eyes that makes the sight of the eels difficult. They use their sense of smell to identify their prey. They also have a protruding snout with wide jaws. They have narrow heads which helps the eels in swallowing the prey. The moray eels have another set of jaw within the mouth that helps in capturing and controlling its prey. These pharyngeal jaws also have teeth that help in wounding the prey.
They also have a protective layer of mucus within its body surface that’s secreted by them. This coating protects the eels from any bacterial attacks within the water. The skin will not have scales. This gives a smooth appearance. The body of the eel ends with a brief tail fin.
They have a unique character among the sea life animals which is team hunting. The moray eels initially pick the group by analysing the capacity of the team partners in entering into crevices which are narrow. When the team is formed, a confirmation is made from the eels by shaking the heads. The eels then make a hunt as a team by surrounding the sufferer in all directions and ultimately killing it. Such co-ordinated activities are not seen in any other type of fish.
They can be are found in temperate and tropical climates. They are found in oceans and sees of the tropical areas. Normally the moray eels live deep within the water. They are highly conservative in character. They conceal themselves inside crevices and behind the rocks. Certain species like new water moray eels are found in fresh waters. They could travel into a sub – tropical regions at times. A little population of these eels are observed in other areas of the world too.
Moray Eel and Humans
These sea creatures have the ability to wound humans. They have sharp teeth which can pierce human body. But they don’t feed on humans. They feed only on other small fishes. Most of the time, these eels are believed to be highly vigorous. In nature they are shy and conservative. They do not harm humans wilfully. Any assault on humans is purely for defence. If there is any misconception of prey, the eels can hurt humans.
Otherwise, the moray eels always try to flee rather than fighting with humans. They are completely harmless to human beings. There are divers who feed these creatures with food and there are opportunities of the divers being harmed by the eels. But usually these eels hide from humans behind crevices and rocks.
They can be seen along the seas of Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Atlantic and eastern Pacific areas. They will be found abundant in rocky shores, and near the reefs and mangroves.