Image description: An X-ray image of a Viper Moray Eel from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibit “X-ray Vision: Fish Inside Out.”
Featuring a reported max length of over 1.5 m, Moray eels are “sit-and-wait” predators. They often stick their head out of a rock crevice and wait for a fish to swim by. When the prey is close enough, the eel quickly attacks and then retreats back into the rock or coral.
The Smithsonian exhibit features images of undersea creatures taken for research purposes that are also visually striking. You can learn about the X-ray technique used by the researchers and view more pictures from the exhibit.
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