The only marine sea life animals 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 do not have pectoral and pelvic fins. They generally have small eyes that makes the sight of the eels difficult. So they use their sense of smell to spot their prey. They also have a protruding snout with wide jaws. They have narrow heads that helps the eels in swallowing the victim. The moray eels have another set of jaw inside the mouth that helps in capturing and restraining its prey. These pharyngeal jaws also have teeth that assist in wounding the prey.
They also have a protective coating 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 won’t have scales. This gives a smooth appearance.
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 that 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 prey in all directions and finally killing it. Such co-ordinated activities aren’t seen in any other sort of fish.
They could 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 stones. The majority of the moray eels live in salt water only. Some can be found in brackish water bodies. They could travel to some sub – tropical areas occasionally. A little population of these eels are observed in different parts 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. The majority of the time, these eels are believed to be highly vigorous. In nature they are shy and conservative. They don’t harm humans wilfully. Any assault on people is purely for defence. If there is any misconception of prey, the eels can hurt humans.
Otherwise, the moray eels always attempt to flee rather than fighting with humans. They are completely harmless to human beings. There are divers who feed these animals with food and there are chances of the divers being harmed from the eels. But usually these eels hide from people behind rocks and cracks.
They’ll be found abundant in rocky shores, and close to the reefs and mangroves.