Spotted Moray Eels

Gymnothorax Moringa or Spotted moray eels are a kind Moray Eels which have a medium to large size. They have a long snake-like body which is smooth and muscular. It is clothed with a leathery skin of white and yellow colors punctuated with dark browns spots.
The average height of an adult spotted moray eel is 0.6 meters, however, recently eels of more than 200 centimeters that is 6.5 feet have also been discovered. The mouths of the eel support a set of sharp teeth and two sets of jaw that allow them to capture their prey. They have dorsal and anal fins that help them to swim. Average life span of a spotted moray eel in the wild is approximately 10 years. There are no distinctive features visible to differentiate between a male and female eel. Studies have shown that spotted moray eels are loners who live in holes with their heads often protruding outside. The eels are active during the daytime and are on a hunt for a varied diet. They are carnivores and feed on fish, mollusks and crustaceans present at the bottom of the sea. Spotted moray eels are hardly of any importance in fishery and are marginally sold as salted or freshly caught eels. Many people purchase spotted moray eels to display them in the aquariums even due to their unpredictable growth. Spotted moray eels are found in depth of up to 656 feet. They dwell in the surface shores, back and fore reefs, sea-grass beds, rock rubble and drop off areas. These eels are widespread throughout the mid and Western Atlantic Ocean, North Carolina, Bermuda, Brazil, Gulf of Mexico, and South to Argentina, Caribbean and Pacific oceans. Spotted moray eels are easily approached but may hideaway in their holes if they feel threatened. A fair warning should be given to divers and snorkelers that an eel might bite during hand-feeding which can be dangerous to health.

 

Spotted Moray Eels in Montezuma

 

Montezuma is a small sea town in Costa Rica’s province, Puntarenas. It is famous among tourists for its beautiful ambience of tropical lushness, sunny clime and sandy beaches. Pacific Ocean bordering the shores of Montezuma is biologically diverse that makes it popular among the sports enthusiasts when it comes to scuba diving and snorkeling. Snorkeling in Montezuma is amazing during the dry season, which lasts from December to April, when the water is quite clear and sunlit. There a lot of rock formations, crevices and hidden caves in which schools of fish and eels seem to gather. Two great spots for snorkeling and diving are Playa las Rocas and Playa las Manchas. Playa las Rocas is located south to Montezuma. The beach has low tides due to rock formations that make snorkeling and diving here ideal for novices and kids. You can easily spot spotted moray eels along with plenty of other fish. North to the town, Playa las Manchas is one of the most beautiful beaches of Montezuma. It has a great setting for scuba diving and snorkeling however the tides tends to get high so it is more preferable for divers with some experience. Cabuya Island is a long drive away from Montezuma. A secluded and mysterious island is superb for diving privately with a group of friends. The waters are clean and clear and one can see a dense school of sea creatures including stopped moray eels swimming about. Another great site for watching spotted moray eels is Cabo Blanco Marine Reserve. The reservatory is protected and has collected a sweeping range of beaches and clean shores. Northeast to Montezuma Is Tambor Bay. It has three fantastic dive sites; Los Muertos, La Chanchito and La Chancha. You can spot eels, fish, rays and porcupines at the depth of 8 to 25 meters. A boat trip from Montezuma is Tortuga Island which has a good number of dive sites. Dive exclusively and come across white tip reef sharks, grunts, yellow-tail snappers, spotted moray eels, eagle rays, sea turtles, stingrays, angel fish, octopus, sea horses, starfish, and countless other species.

 

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References:

http://www.govisitcostarica.com/category/outdoorRecreation/divingCompanies.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_moray

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