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, Tropical Moray Eel.

Found singly, pairs or with other morays hiding in crevices and holes in debris, rock and rubble over lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed nocturnally on crustaceans and fish.
They can "take a fancy to divers" if they are not careful (see photo - this Moray was just a pussycat!!)
Length - 300cm
Depth - 0-50m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

The largest of all the Morays.

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/6380

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