Swimmer almost steps on moray eel at the beach

WildCreaturesPublished: January 20, 2018Updated: January 23, 2018372 plays$0.72 earned
Published: January 20, 2018Updated: January 23, 2018

Cameron is enjoying a little beach time in Mexico, wandering in the shallows near a quiet little dive shop. He's shocked to see that he just missed stepping on a small Chain Moray Eel. The eel seems very interested in his feet and it follows him to get a closer look, or sniff.

He's initially startled and then fascinated as he watches the beautiful little creature swimming among the rocks, looking for food.

Any eel has a mouth full of razor sharp teeth, and any eel can react by biting if they feel threatened, so it's no surprise that Cameron was wanted to avoid this animal. He also knows that these eels are no threat to people if they are treated carefully. Treading lightly will also prevent the eel from being injured. Stopping and waiting was his best choice.

Eels can grow to six feet in length, but the Chain Moray is a smaller variety and this one is full grown. He will spend his days in shallow water, searching crevices and tide pools on his search for crabs, worms and small fish. Luckily, human feet are not on his menu. Eels have poor eyesight and will approach other creatures closely to smell them.

Eels will open and close their mouths to push water over their gills. It's an action that shows their impressive teeth and it is easily mistaken as aggression.

Beach-goers and swimmers would be shocked to learn how much animal life is at their feet at any resort beach. Crabs, starfish, eels and octopus live almost everywhere, although they are generally shy and keep hidden. Wading in the shallows with your eyes open can reveal a fascinating world of animal life and observing it carefully and respectfully is a great way to see creatures in their natural habitat.

Our first instinct is often to be fearful of any animal with teeth or a slimy skin. But this video shows another example of how an animal is usually just being curious, not aggressive. A slow and quiet approach can lead to a very rewarding encounter!

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