Green Moray Eel

Considered one of the most popular marine animals to spot while diving in Belize, the green moray is really brown.  The yellow tint of the mucus that covers its body, in combination with the drab background color, gives the fish its characteristic uniform green color.  With flattened bodies, the green moray finds its prey through their sense of smell, sitting and waiting in the reef for fishes, crab, shrimp, octopuses, and squid.  These unique creatures are mistaken for sea serpents, and contrary to popular belief, are not poisonous but may cause infection.  Moray eels grow up to 8 feet, and the green moray eel is one of the largest species of moray eels.

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