whitemouth moray

When you’re down by the sea and an eel bites your knee…that’s a moray! 

Whitemouth moray eels like this one can be spotted in the waters in and around National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. Moray eels frequently open and close their mouths, giving them a threatening appearance, but don’t worry – they’re actually just breathing! This jaw movement helps move water past their gills. 

(Photo: @americasgreatoutdoors)