This is rather distressing. It doesn't sound like there has been any sort of major, published, peer-reviewed, quantitative documentation of this yet. But that said, something is not right when so many sport divers not only count dozens of dead or dying eels (the diver on this blog itemized in detail 50 encounters with dead eels), but even post video footage of one writhing in what looks to be the death throes.
Genetic variations among moray eels don't show any geographic patterning, apparently because a long-lived larval form called a leptocephalus maintains gene flow among populations. With geographic isolation off the table, it is diffi... Read Post
I'm really liking these CreatureCast videos Casey Dunn's students put together — and there's two new ones, on moray eels and stomatopods. That's communicating science! Also, Dunn has a new book, Practical Computing for Biologists, a... Read Post