How do long, slender snake-like creatures manage to stuff large, struggling prey into their narrow mouths and down their throats without using paws or claws? A new study reveals that the slender, snake-like moray eel–which may reach up to about nine feet in length–captures and consumes its prey (usually large fish, octopuses and squid) with a unique strategy that involves using two sets of jaws.
Credit: © Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation
Rita S. Mehta
Section of Evolution & Ecology
University of California