zondag 7 oktober 2012

Ribbon eels

Ribbon Eel, (Rhinomuraena quaesita) When you are diving with Oceans 5 Mentiggi Bay, Lombok, you will see in the shallows these smaller black/white or medium sized blue/yellow or large yellow eels sitting in holes and moving the head up and down with jerky movements. Are they 3 different species? Nope. All the same! How come? Well, the male ribbon eel does not only change colours when growing up, but it changes as well sex when turning into a large yellow female! This really funky and curious animal can be lured out of its whole by moving a stick in front of it. When leaving the hole, the diver can see where the name comes from - this fish looks like a long ribbon and grows up to 1.5 m long. Isnt it amazing?

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