One of the most attractively-coloured morays, the Honeycomb Moray has a beautiful brown leopard spotted pattern and is the second largest of all moray species.
Many people are scared of eels because they look and move like snakes. However, eels are in fact a type of fish with no scales, spending most of their time hiding in caves and rock crevices on the bottom of the sea.
Moray eels have developed a bad rap with divers and are widely considered to be aggressively natured. These spotted beauties are often seen peering out of rocky crevices with their mouths wide open, looking menacing and scary – but fear not, this is not threatening behaviour! These snake-like creatures open and close their mouths to move water through their gills for respiration.
Like many aquatic animals, the Moray eel will defend their home from intruders and will only venture out to catch passing prey, which includes small fish, shrimp and crabs. If provoked, they protect their territory by using their sharp teeth that are capable of inflicting a nasty bite.
Honeycomb Moray Fast Facts:
- Common Name: Honeycomb Moray
- Scientific Name: Gymnothorax favagineus
- Habitat: Caves, under ledges and along the reef walls
- Diet: Fish, shrimp and crabs
- Size: Up to 1.8m
- Range: north-western Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south to the central coast of New South Wales
- Threats: Sharks, whales and habitat loss
- Conservation Status: Least concern