Photographer: Paul Osmond
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An adult Goldentail Moray (Gymnothorax miliaris) emerges from out from a crevice in a lush coral reef ledge on the Boynton Ledges dive site off the coast of Boynton Ledges in Florida, USA.
The open and closing of the mouth demonstrated by all moray species is not a threat despite its appearance. It is necessary for the respiration of most moray eels. That being said, this is one of the more aggressively territorial of the moray eel species, and due to often sharing hole with lobsters, the most common species of moray that may bite a scuba diver.