[Letter to the Editor]: Identification Assistance

Discussion in 'The Octopus' Den' started by tonmo, Feb 8, 2003.

  1. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

    May 30, 2000
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    Jude P. took the attached photo when snorkeling off Moorea. Here's the email; my guess follows:


    I got this email address from an internet search.

    When I was snorkeling in the waters off Moorea, I was swimming with my (cheap) disposable camera in front of my mask, just in case I saw anything interesting.

    I noticed something that appeared to be bright yellow/orange and kind of frilly on the edge of an outgrowth of coral. I swam closer to take a photo and suddenly what appeared to be an eye was right in front of my mask. I became quite startled and swam out of there, but not without taking a photo. At the time I thought it was an octopus which was well blended in the coral.

    I am not sure and would like your expert opinion. I am sending the photo. You can see the "eye" in the middle of the photo and just behind it you can see the yellow/orange thing that first attracted me.

    Would you be able to tell me what this is? I would very much appreciate it.

    Thank you,
    Jude P.

    Hi Jude,

    Great photo! As I said via email, I'm really no expert... But I do love marine biology! My guess: perhaps a mooray eel? (see third picture down). You were in Moorea, after all! :) Any other guessers out there? Jude wil be watching this space for your input...

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