Gulper Eel Balloons Its Massive Jaws | Nautilus Live
Published on Sep 20, 2018
Big gulp! The Nautilus team spotted a gulper eel (Eurypharynx pelecanoides) doing just that in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Its pouch-like mouth can inflate in an instant, scooping up much larger prey just like a pelican–and giving it that muppet-like look! This gulper eel was likely a juvenile, as this species can grow up to three feet in length.
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What a mouth! Holy Mother of Tim!
The oceans are teeming with life so bizarre we can hardly comprehend it, let alone imagine the wonderful weirdness that abounds.