(Gymnothorax sp.)

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Pirates Passage
IUCN Conservation Status
Least Concern (LC)


Global in salt and fresh waters


Size: Species dependent, 2 in. – 13 ft.

Lifespan: Species dependent 5 – 20 years


Small fish, invertebrates, crustaceans, shrimp, crabs, sea urchins


Eels are characterized by long, snake-like bodies. And, unlike most fish, eels don’t have pelvic fins, and most species also lack pectoral fins.

Eels use their unique body shape to swim, creating waves that propel them through the water.

Most eel species are unique in that they are catadromous, which means they spend most of their adult lives in freshwater and streams and will eventually return to the ocean, where they were first born to spawn.

The Aquarium is home to several eel species you can see hiding or slithering around in various exhibits. Our eel species include ribbon eels, green moray eels, purplemouth moray eels, Indo-Pacific moray eels, and spotted moray eels.

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