Moray Eel

California Moray
Gymnothorax mordax

Looking more menacing than it really is,
a California Moray bares his teeth.

Shy and non-agressive, morays are often mistaken
as fierce and vicous because they
constantly open and close their mouths --
an action necessary to pass water across their gills,
so they can breathe.

Lens: 60mm
Film: Kodak E-100 VS
Location: San Clemente Island, California
Depth: 35 feet/11 meters
© Garry McCarthy