Animal of the day – 1/24/2011 – The Dragon Eel

Dragon Eel

The animal of the day is the Dragon eel. (Did you know: This is also known as the Leopard moray eel. The Morays are frequently thought of as particularly vicious or ill-tempered animals.

In truth, morays hide from humans in crevices and would rather flee than fight. Morays are shy and secretive, and attack humans only in self-defense or mistaken identity.

Most attacks stem from disruption of a moray’s burrow (to which they do react strongly), but an increasing number also occur during hand-feeding of morays by divers, an activity often used by dive companies to attract tourists.

Morays have poor vision and rely mostly on their acute sense of smell, making distinguishing between fingers and held food difficult; numerous divers have lost fingers while attempting hand feedings. For this reason the hand feeding of moray eels has been banned in some locations, including the Great Barrier Reef.

 

 

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