Alien Jaws On Every Phuket Dive Site
Ridley Scott’s alien monster has had people hiding behind the couch for over 30 years but in Phuket we scuba dive everyday with an animal that has the same fearsome set of double jaws, luckily the penchant for snacking on humans isn’t also emulated.
All bony fish have a set of pharyngeal teeth in their throat but moray eels have a complete pharyngeal second jaw that they can launch forward and use to swallow their unfortunate victims. Considering it’s such a common animal you’ll be surprised to find out that this alien like feature was only discovered in 2007.
The second jaw is lined with backward facing curved teeth that gives it’s prey no chance of escape, maybe appealing to the moray’s better nature may be an option but science suggests that they haven’t got one. The jaws are extremely powerful especially in the larger moray’s that can grow up to 7ft in length! So observing and photographing these animals should be done so with a degree of caution and a lot of respect.
Moray’s mostly hunt at night so we usually see just the head poking out of it’s daytime resting place, often these hiding places are also cleaning stations. The moray will open up it’s mouth to let the cleaner wrasse and shrimp mop up the remains of last nights meal from the impressive set of dentures.
We’re very fortunate to have many species of moray around Phuket and it’s not uncommon to chalk up 5 or more different species in a days diving. Our gallery below should help you identify the moray’s you encounter on your dives.
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