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A close-up image of the face of a whitemouth moray eel.

A Mythical Snake?

The whitemouth moray eel is one of the roughly 200 species of moray eels. Because of their size and shape, moray eels are often confused with sea serpents, mythical snakes that live in the ocean and often terrorize sailors in stories.

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