Ribbon Eel Video Roundup

Featured image photo by Jack Follow, Blue Ribbon Eel 6, https://flic.kr/p/gXbbtG. Available by Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Because my other post today is just a wee bit ranty, here a tranquil set of awe-inspiring videos for your consumption.  The ribbon eel is the only species in its genus, meanings it is pretty unique, in the larger family of Moray eels.  The ribbon eel, Rhinomuraena quaesita, is found among the lagoons and reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific oceans.  If you note the snout on these critters, you will see the flared nostrils.  This is usually the only part sticking out from burrows.  Apparently, the ribbon ells use these to attract small prey, clamping down on the unsuspecting food with their strong jaws and retreating into their burrows.  In addittion, all ribbon eels begin life as males and then ultimately become females.  This is called sequential hermaphroditism.

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.