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Опубликовано: 25.05.2019 в 22:37:03
Gymnothorax moringa - Spotted Moray Eel
This beautiful, juvenile spotted moray eel was peaking out from a narrow crevice under Blue Heron Bridge, FL., USA.
Whilst this fun fact has been largely popularized by Ridley Scott’s Alien film, moray eels have a set of highly developed pharyngeal jaws that are physiologically similar to the oral jaw. These pharyngeal jaws remain resting at the very back of the skull until the eel attacks a prey item, during which the pharyngeal jaws spring forward, clamp on the prey item, and retract, pulling the prey item into the throat.
Despite the fact that this physiological adaptation inspired one of the most iconic horror films of all time, my experience with moray eels has been extremely gentle. I am most surprised by their nonchalant attitude, allowing me to get extremely up close with them. In fact, this shot distance for this photograph was less than 3 inches.
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Опубликовано: 25.05.2019 в 22:28:25