Moray eels are very common in Hawaii, if you look closely you will see many. Studies have suggested that the number of moray eels living on the reef outweighs all the other reef fish combined. The biggest moray you are likely to see here is the yellowmargined moray. Snowflake morays are common to see out and about searching under stones for crabs and other invertebrates. Whitemouth morays can often be seen sticking their heads out of the coral. Peppered eels seem to prefer lagoons or shallow reefs. Night snorkeling is one of the best ways to observe these predators in action.
Dwarf moray showing off its baby blue eyes.
Dwarf moray in defense posture.
Whitemouth moray (juvenile)
Yellowmargined moray (juvenile showing yellowmargined fin)
Tiger snake moray
Whitemouth moray (yellow phase)
Viper moray and Hawaiian swimming crab sharing a cave.
Undulated moray on the move.
Undulated moray with peppered eel looking on.
Yellowhead moray (showing striped pattern vs the undulated moray above).
Yellowhead moray in hunting position at night.Undulated moray showing beautiful pattern.
Yellowhead moray smile.