Spot, Scarlett and the Burrfish can be found at the Touch Tank, location Lower Level 6
Tessalata Moray Eel
Diet: Squid and Capelin
Species:Tessalata Moray Eel (Gymnothorax favagineus)
Spot was orphaned and transferred to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2007 when his previous owner was unable to care for him due to the fact that his species can reach lengths up to six feet rapidly. Spot outgrew his enclosure and required a much larger home. We are very grateful that Spot was brought to us rather than being released into the wild where he could have become an invasive species. We are happy to have him as a permanent resident here at CMA.
Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Species: Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)
Scarlet was introduced to Spot in November 2012, in our efforts to provide a healthy natural environment for Spot. In the wild Moray Eels have a symbiotic relationship with cleaner shrimp to provide a natural service to each other by providing personal hygiene to the eel and food and protection to the shrimp.
Striped BurrfishSpecies:Striped Burrfish (Chilomycterus schoepfi)
Striped burrfish are members of the pufferfish family. These fish can grow up to 10 inches in length. They have beak-like jaws that they use to eat their hard prey like shellfish, barnacles and crabs. Burrfish pump water into their bodies to expand their skin and push out their sharp spines. They have large, colored eyes that help them see even in murky water.