Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Q is for...

Quickly I readied the camera to capture this creature from beneath the sea as the three young locals standing on the cliffs high above the water welcomed us. Asking them if I could take some photos, they responded politely, “Yes, Miss.” (I melted inside when I heard that!) 

It was about five feet long and weighed, according to the boys, eighteen kilos.  That’s nearly 40 lbs! With the hook still in it’s mouth, it lay there wriggling and squirming ever so slowly.  I could see the fine razor sharp teeth along both the upper and lower jaw.  It was a deep, dark jungle green and had a fin that ran along the entire length of it's body.  I sheepishly reached down to touch it.  I never felt anything so slimy.  The boys brought over the plastic seat bottom of an old chair that they sat on while fishing.  When they put it NEAR it's gaping mouth, it quickly slapped it’s powerful jaws shut, clenching relentlessly.  I think it could crush and mangle anything in those powerful jaws!  It was a Moray eel...smaller than the one they caught last week!  They would eat it “sushi" style. (No comment.)

Latching onto the Seat
Leaving right after dark, we saw the boys on the cliff building their fire...not near the gas tank or a tire I might add!   

Although the original plans were for the sunset, I only got a few shots in before all the excitement began with the boys' "catch of the day."  However, I wasn't disappointed because while I was checking out the eel, the clouds had rolled in and erased all chances of the sunset.  I'm sure I'll have the opportunity to enjoy a sunset another time, another place...:).  After all, the sun shines on us more than we realize.


  1. That is one ugly critter...and still...I felt sorry for it.

  2. Well, that thing is huge. And ugly.
    I've eaten eel sushi style and while I love sushi, I do not like the eel!

  3. well, at least they eat their catch!

  4. Wow! That thing is gigantic! I agree with Lisa - while I enjoy sushi, I'd skip the eel. ;)

  5. I cannot imagine eating a slimy eel, let alone sushi-style...I'll go for the campfire and a s'more.

  6. No sushi, no eel for this girl.

    Gimme black angus hamburgers, cooked medium.

    That's all I gotta say. ;)

  7. Oh my, that thing looks way to much like a snake for my liking! ewwwwww

  8. Poor thing, I felt sorry for him too. But I must admit that I used to love to eat eel when I lived in Sweden, not this large kind, but a smaller one. Smoked! And in sushi bars too of course, so who am I to talk.--Inger

  9. You couldn't pay me to eat that JP! lol Boy was that thing ugly! Neat to see though! Some scary looking teeth!

    Have a Great Day!

  10. I think that's how big that snake was that I saw by my front porch last summer! ;-))) Hopefully it won't be 'that big' this year! :-))

  11. THAT's a big one!!
    i don't like sushi...but i have had smoked eel...YUM!

  12. I once witnessed some fisherman pulling a giant eel out of a lake in Maryland. That was the first I'd ever heard of freshwater eels, and I never swam in that lake again. Yuck!

    Good luck with the rest of the A to Z Challenge!

  13. I'm not sure you can eat moray eelHello, fellow A-Z Challenger! Here's my latest entry. Come visit either of my blogs when you can and leave some comment love:

    X is for Xylography (A-Z)
    Twitter: @SolarChiefs. My grandfather used to catch eels to sell to the Japanese but they didn't look like this, at all. Let us know what you do with it.


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