Blackcheek Moray (Gymnothorax breedeni)

Also known as Bearded Moray, Masked Moray

Description

Also known as Bearded Moray, Masked Moray.

Found singly, pairs or with other critters, hiding in crevices and holes amongst debris, rock, rubble, reef walls and steep slopes over clear seaward reefs around oceanic islands.
They feed nocturnally on fish and octopus.
Can "take a fancy to divers" if they are not careful.
Length - 100cm
Depth - 4-40m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Morays open and close their mouths to move water through their gills for respiration.
This behaviour can often be seen as a threat especially towards divers, in fact this is far from the truth, they are very shy creatures and will only attack if provoked! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/7881

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