David Blaszkiewicz, blogger for the John Ball Zoo Society, has a blog posting all about one of its aquatic residents.
"Eel Young has been here at JBZ five years now, making him at least 21," he wrote. "Morays are considered true eels because they lack pectoral and pelvic fins, as well as gill covers, making them very snake-like in appearance. Since he doesn't have covers to move the water across his gills, Eel Young must hold his mouth open and 'gasp' in order to breathe. This can give him a rather frightening appearance, especially coupled with his mouthful of sharp little teeth, but morays are typically shy and unagressive.
"Having said that, they're a good reason to never stick your hand in a crack or crevice while scuba diving — (ever see that movie 'The Deep'? Yikes!)."
To learn more about eels and what makes them unique, CLICK HERE.
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