Green Moray Eels
The green moray eel (Gumnothorax funebris) is found in shallow waters of the Western Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. They are typically found on coral reefs and rocky shorelines.
They are a greenish yellow color due to a mucus they secrete in order to protect themselves from disease and parasites.
Green moray eels average about 6 feet in length and 30 pounds.
They typically eat small fish, squid, octopus, crabs and shrimp. Due to bad eyesight, they rely on smell to hunt their prey.
They have a habit of constantly opening and closing their mouths which can make them look threatening - but don't worry! - they are just taking in water to breathe.
Green moray eel bites are rare but dangerous. Most bites happen when unsuspecting divers reach into crevices where the eels are hiding.
You can see a green moray eel in our Sea Turtle Exhibit!