CRITTER: Meet the giant moray eel, an open-sea marvel

  • Terry Lilley / Contributed photo

    Giant Moray Eels in Hawai‘i are called puhi and most of them are harmless and afraid of divers.

There still are monsters that roam the sea. and the giant moray eel is one of them! We are lucky that these eels are rare in the main Hawaiian Islands because they can get to be 10-foot long and weigh over 100 pounds! They have a mouth full of large, sharp teeth, and dozens of divers have been seriously wounded by this aggressive, bold fish. This moray can catch and eat a large parrotfish (uhu) whole, and I saw one of these eels in Moloka‘i that had a head the size of a basketball.