Here is a Friday funny fish face. This is a Wolf Eel (Anarrhichthys ocellatus), from British Columbia.
I have been featuring mostly tropical images on the blog lately, and figured it was time to share some stuff from my backyard. This Wolf Eel image was captured at Clark Rock, just off Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island.
I’ve only seen a couple of wolfies in all my cold water diving – and this is the only one that I have had the opportunity to photograph, so far. And I only got this one image before he disappeared into his hole.
These eels truly are, as the French say, joli-laid (beautifully ugly). They are reclusive creatures, living in dens in the rocks, and apparently mate for life. On a diver’s approach, they tend to recede into their lairs – I’ve heard of divers successfully coaxing them out by hand feeding them urchin bits (their food of choice – they can tear apart a spiky urchin with those big jaws). The juveniles (which I have never seen) are remarkably different – bright orange with brown blotches. Adults can grow up to about 7 feet in length.