Ribbon Eel

I saw this on Stuff I Stole From The Internet. It's a ribbon eel and it looks a lot like the ribbons used in gymnastics. Except more beautiful.

Wiki says:

The ribbon eel is native to the Indian and Pacific oceans.

The ribbon eel is an elegant creature with a long, thin body and high dorsal fins.

The ribbon eel grows to an overall length of approximately 100 cm (36 in), and has a life span of up to twenty years. The ribbon eel is the only moray eel that is protandric, a word which here means having male sexual organs while young, and female organs later in life.

Like many eels, the ribbon eel is sometimes thought to be angry or aggressive, because its mouth is often open, appearing ready to strike. In reality, the eel is simply breathing.

Let the eel breathe people!

In the wild, the ribbon eel buries itself in sand or hides in rocks or reefs, dashing out to feed on shrimp and fish. It does not do well in captivity.

More pics:

So pretty!

Relax...it's just breathing

Cool nostrils!


Angie said...

There are some truly beautiful and unique creatures in this world, aren't there? Such vivid coloring, but the mouth breathing freaks me out a bit.

Frimmy said...

It doesn't look like it's breathing. It looks like it wants to swallow the entire world. But it's very dramatic looking and so graceful!


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