Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Mysterious Gulper Eel

Marine biologists respond in awe as a gulper eel (Eurypharynx pelecanoides) inflates its pouch-like mouth, apparently as a defensive strategy (link to YouTube).



This is one of the first clear videos of the gulper eel, shot from a deep-sea rover on a previously unexplored seamount at the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, northwest of Hawaii.


Also called a pelican eel because of its expandable jaws, the gulper has a light-emitting organ on the tip of its tail and can grow up to 6 feet long.
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5 comments:

Glenn Tait said...

What a beautiful and unique animal. Amazing the things that we haven't seen on our own planet. Thanks for sharing this James.

Unknown said...

What an amazing face on that creature. Wonderful inspiration for a fantasy character! --krs

Christina Fore said...

Thanks for sharing James! I have never seen or heard of this strange creature. So many strange things still unknown.

Kate said...

I had heard of this creature, what a great vid however!
And, as anon says, food for artistic inspiration.

David Apatoff said...

I know some gulper eels who work on Wall Street.