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Blue Heron Bridge Eel

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#1 Matt Sullivan

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:16 AM

Found this small eel on a night dive at Blue Heron. I never saw the whole body but the head was about an inch long sticking out of the sand. Juvenile shorttail snake eel maybe?

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#2 Canes05



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 04:45 PM

Hi Matt,


This looks like a species of snake eel that is often referred to as a "Whip Eel" or "Sooty Eel." Most likely in the genus Bascanichthys.  I have seen them at BHB before, but they are apparently a rare find.  Doesn't seem like there's much information out there on this group of eels.