Here is my favorite type of eel! This snowflake moray (Echidna nebulosa) is much more commonly seen than the previously posted tiger snake moray. E. nebulosa is also much smaller! You may have seen one of these if you’ve been tidepooling/snorkeling in Hawaii (or other places in the Indo-Pacific). Although I’ve seen quite a few of these, I still lose my mind every time I find one! They’re just so intricate!
I *think* this is a Snowflake Moray Eel. "Echidna nebulosa" if you're nerdy 🤓. Can't you just picture Heromine teaching you how to pronounce that correctly? I found it in a tide pool. They grow up to 30 inches, are carnivorous, and (judging from the name) probably get made fun of quite a bit for wanting universal health care 🤷♀️ seriously though, I'm pretty sure that's the common name. Fun fact: most fish have bony gill covers which they use to force water over the gills to breathe, but Morays don't; Morays use their mouth to orally pump water through the gills. Hence the constant "chomping". #trustmeimabiologist#themoreyouknow#snowflakemorayeel#thatsamoray#tidepools#tofo#mozambique#africa#explore#marinebiologyforever