They do look mischievous, don't they? Snakelike shape, wolfish teeth, unblinkingly sinister eyes...
But as you probably know, eels are not snakes, they are fish. Eels are surprisingly docile and curious. They rarely behave in an aggressive way, and only if they are feeling threatened.
Here's a video of me and a large green moray checking each other out. He got bored before I did and swam away.
Eels touch my heart because they are such a unique and diverse group. Their serpentine* swimming style is so graceful, their colors dramatic and often bold. They like to have a small den or hole to peer out of as they watch their underwater community go by.
We also saw two spotted morays. They are smaller but just as curious.
|Not really a mischief-maker!|
|Now you see me...|
|...soon you won't!|