The Mediterranean Moray Eel (Muraena helena) is a marine (saltwater) fish. It is also known as the Roman Eel.
The Mediterranean Moray Eel has an elongated body, which can be dark-grey or dark-brown with small dark spots. Unlike fish, it does not have scales on its body. Its dorsal (back) fin runs along the top of its body. It does not have pectoral (side) fins. It has a long mouth with sharp teeth. It has gills to breath.
It grows to about 150 centimetres (59 inches) long.
The Mediterranean Moray Eel is native to the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Meditteranean Sea. It prefers oceans with rocky sea beds.
It eats fish, crayfish, snails, and dead animals.
It is solitary and territorial. It lives in rock crevices. It is nocturnal, active mostly at night.
The female Mediterranean Moray Eel lays about 60,000 eggs into the open water.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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