Gallery quality underwater photographic print by Paul Waldeck, available framed or unframed in several sizes.
Moray Eels appear far more ferocious to an approaching diver than they are. Their large teeth and open mouths (enabling them to pass water over their gills to extract oxygen)) seem daunting.
Moray Eels are nocturnal, leaving crevices in the reef at night to hunt. During the day Moray Eels tuck themselves into holes in the reef with just their heads sticking out, sometimes striking at passing prey. Moray Eels rely on an excellent sense of smell to locate and capture fish.
This Eel is being attended to by two cleaner shrimp which are removing parasites and dead skin from the Eel. In exchange for this cleaning process, the cleaner shrimp are safe from predation by the Eel and get to feed on the parasites removed from the Eels body. Another example of symbiosis on the reef. Spot-face Morays may grow to 3-4 feet.
Photographed in Papua New Guinea