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Are Moray Eels Dangerous To Scuba Divers?


Are Moray Eels Dangerous to Scuba Divers?

Scuba diving with Moray eels is a lot of fun for all divers, especially those new to scuba diving and the underwater environment. Moray eels may look dangerous because of their gaping mouths and sharp teeth, but they will only attack divers if they feel threatened or if divers have fed them. If a diver comes across a Moray eel during their dive, a few simple rules will ensure that the encounter is safe and fun for both parties.

It is important to remember that while Moray eels are carnivorous fish, they are not aggressive by nature and will only attack if they feel threatened. If a diver comes across a Moray eel in the water, it is important to stay calm and avoid making any sudden movements that could startle the eel. It is also important to give the eel plenty of space and not try to touch or interact with it in any way. If a diver follows two simple rules, they should have no trouble enjoying a safe and fun encounter with a Moray eel.


What Triggers a Moray Eel Attack?

Moray Eel rarely attack, but sometimes incidents do happen that could cause a spontaneously attack of a diver by the eel.

Most of these kinds of attacks happen in the area where morays are being hand-fed, so they tend to attack because they are trying to chase the diver away from their food. Poor eyesight does not help, so they can mistakenly bite someone because they think it is a part of their meal.

To avoid ever being bit by a moray eel, follow two basic rules:

  • Just be sure to take it slow and easy. Don’t make any sudden moves, don’t rush, or chase them, and don’t do anything that could be considered a threat. If you peacefully dive around them, they shouldn’t judge you negatively. 
  • Do not feed them or place your fingers in their face. With their poor eyesight, not only could they mistake your fingers for a meal, but they could also consider you a threat and act defensively.

One of the pleasures of scuba diving in and around Sydney is seeing a Moray Eels. Their habit of breathing through their mouths makes them appear dangerous; however, if scuba divers follow the rule of not threatening the eel in any way or feeding the eel then meeting a Moray Eel will add to the scuba diving experience.