Ladies and gentlemen: Eel Young!

While the weather outside may be frightful, it's never too late to learn about the creatures at West Michigan's John Ball Zoo.
Jan 7, 2014

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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Comments

Former Grandhavenite

It's early to be making predictions, but at this point Mr. Young here seems like the candidate to beat in the 2016 Republican field. He definitely has the charisma, experience, and policy chops to do well with the GOP caucus-goers in Iowa, although his questionable immigration status could hurt him in New Hampshire. His belief in climate science and sea acidification could spell trouble with the Koch brothers, and apparently he wrote an article in college implying that offshore drilling might be less than beneficial for coral reefs.

According to Wikipedia, Morays are thought to be 'cosmopolitan', and I think we all know what THAT means, so his evangelical base might stay home on caucus day.

LessThanAmused

LOL! That's a keeper!

LessThanAmused

Hiccup #2 for 2014!

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