Giant Moray (Gymnothorax javanicus)

Also known as Blackpearl Moray, Blackpearl Moray Eel, Java Moray Eel, Tropical Moray Eel.

Description

Also known as Blackpearl Moray, Blackpearl Moray Eel, Java Moray Eel and Tropical Moray Eel.

The largest of all the Morays.
Found singly in lagoons and seaweed reefs from shallow to deep water.
They feed on fish and invertebrates and can "take a fancy to divers" if they are not careful (see photo - this Moray was just a pussycat!!)
Length - 2.4m
Depth - 1-150m
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!

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