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Back You are here: Home Features Events and Features Fort Fisher Aquarium Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for August 29, 2012

Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for August 29, 2012

A goliath grouper swims at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Goliath grouper - Another common name for the green moray eel (Gymnothorax funebris) is black moray eel. Green moray eels are not actually green but brownish gray. Yellow mucus covers the green moray’s body giving it a greenish hue. This mucus protects the eels from parasites and bacteria. Two rows of top teeth and a row of jagged bottom teeth give the green moray eel a fearsome expression though they are not considered aggressive unless provoked. Reaching as long as 6 feet and weighing as much as 30 pounds, adult green moray eels are considered a top predator in the marine ecosystem. Few animals are large enough to prey on eels and those large enough seldom survive an eel’s vicious attack. A green moray eel lives in the Blockade Runner exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.