Moray eel


Found this little beauty at Pelican Island, BVI (right next to the Indians & near Norman Island) on March 12, 2008 around 10 am at about 35 ft.  It was approx 3 1/2 ft long.  Is it a spotted moray with "unique spot genes" or something else?  Note yellowish tinge on dorsal fin in head shot.  Thanks in advance!


Not sure what to make of this eel.  My guess is that is a genetic mutation or variation of a spotted moray eel.

Unknown Eel

I live at Sapphire Beach in St. Thomas, and I am a marine photographer.  I have pictures of a similar eel that I have been trying to identify for some time.  He looks very similar to your eel.  I originally thought him to be a "rare" Spotted Spoon-nose Eel, but now I am not so sure.  He was approximately 30 inches long and extremely adept to moving around beneath the sand.  I found him in about 6-8 feet of water, about 100 feet off shore.  The Spotted Spoon-nose does have this coloration and these types of spots, but as I said before, they are rare around the Virgin Islands.  The ID picture in Humann's book, however, was taken around Barbados.  My eel also had some slight light blue coloration along the dorsal fin.  I hope this helps.

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