Today I want to write about a fascinating animal from the sea, giant morays.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These large eels are not the longest of the moray eel family (the slender moray is longer), but they have the largest body mass, measuring up to 3 metres long and weighing up to 30 kg.
- They have razor sharp teeth and a second set of jaws with teeth that help them to catch and swallow their prey. Morays are the only animals that have a second set of jaws that are used in this way.
- During the day, giant morays hide in holes in the reef where they live, and at night they come out to hunt fish, octopuses, crabs and other eels. They sometimes work with roving coral groupers to hunt together.
- They migrate large distances during breeding time, often without eating for a long time. After the eggs hatch, the tiny babies float to the surface, becoming a part of the ocean’s plankton until they are large enough to swim down to the reef to start their life as an adult eel.
- Giant morays are found throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans from the east coast of Africa, to Japan, Hawaii and the south Pacific. They are quite common and in no danger of extinction.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about giant morays?