When the stars make you drool… it’s a moray!

Open wide

Johnny’s Gorge. He’s actually just breathing. And he’s substantially more afraid of me than I of him.

But still, these guys are unnerving. Amazing and unnerving.

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Like a big pizza pie… that’s a moray!

Wrinkly with teeth

All leather and fangs but no actual threat (to divers).

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When the moon hits your eye… it’s a moray!

They grow 'em big in the Andamans

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Moray stink eye

Not pleased with me

Moray eels are timid folk, despite their otherwise intimidating appearance. This one just cowered.

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Grumpy

He's really just breathing...

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Like you’ve had too much wine… it’s a moray!

Bitey?

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When the world seems to shine… it’s a moray!

Open wide...

Ok, so the Dean Martin headlines might me getting old. But who — besides someone I love who doesn’t love snakes and snake-like creatures — doesn’t like moray eels?

I like moray eels.

Apologies for the Hurricane Irene-induced Internet/blogging disruption. I can’t really complain. A new professor in my department lost her living room when a giant oak toppled in uninvited. No one was hurt, we’re thankful.

The tree should have been able to withstand the comparatively weak winds, except that the root system was cut to make room for sidewalks. Mankind shows its brilliance (read: hubris) and mastery over nature.

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Like a big pizza pie… it’s a moray!

Hey little buddy

More from the moray eel files. This comes from Minerva’s Ledge.

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When the moon hits your eye… it’s a moray!

He's just chilling...

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Despite Disney, moray eels are not actually dangerous

Scared

This guy is far more afraid of me than I of him. That’s why he’s hiding out under some coral at Dixon’s Pinnacle.

The Little Mermaid is simply wrong.

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