Moray Eel fish (Gymnothorax) – quite close relatives of eels that breed in warmer seas – are full of them wherever there is no cold, and the water is salty – in the coastal waters of Africa, India and America. Also in the Mediterranean.
It’s not a secret to anyone that it is one of the most beautiful and spectacular fish that every reef aquarium enthusiast would like to have in their own desktop aquarium. Like a fish, a Moray eel has several distinctive features – its teeth are poisonous – a bite of some species of Moray eels can paralyze a person in a matter of seconds, they live in caves, despite their predation, prefer soul meat rather than live food. Moray change color depending on the environment, and, most strangely, they know how to turn their heads: both sideways and even up and down. It is probably the only fish in the world that can turn its head.
Scientists have singled out up to a couple hundred different species of Moray eels, but never a clear number – it is often assumed that there are only a few species of Morena fish, while color and other differences are related to the adaptation of Moray eels: in some places they become colored, in others white or black, a third. at all similar to some brown poles. Much like eels, Moray eels hide their reproductive patterns – there is even a theory that Moray eels spawns with eels in the Sargasso Sea, and another theory even states that eel larvae that remain in the sea become Moray eels while trapped in fresh water – become common eels. True, the latter theory seems unlikely…
Like many other fish, cranberries can grow for life, and they can survive for at least a few decades. Thus, although rare, even larger specimens occur. Even a small Moray eel has extremely strong braces – it is not uncommon for overly brave tourists – divers, scuba divers – to be fingered by small murmurs. A larger murmur with its braces can bite even a hand.
However, their hard clutches are not as dangerous as the poison – although not all species of cranberries are poisonous, some poisons are so strong that even if a half-meter fish is bitten, a person can be paralyzed and drowned. By the way, there are a lot of such cases as well – cranberries often support the floating person’s leg with fish and attack.
The story that stuck with me most about meringues is very old – it was that the Roman Emperor Caligula started raising these fish in one bay, where he fed them with disobedient slaves. The huge amount of food crumbs grew giant, like real sea snakes, and tore the thrown slaves to pieces, cutting off their legs and heads. Another legend tells that some of the emperors were thrown into the same bay by those enraged slaves in those murmurs. Moray eel fish felt no difference and was happy to swallow his master.
And finally, one more fact: many historians believe that medieval legends about giant sea snakes are stories about Moray eel: since these exceptional cases can grow very large, in the old days these predatory poisonous fish could have been a real horror to sailors.