Why are Tulamben sea life in need of shrimps? Same reason shrimps are in need of other sea life – it’s symbiosis!
Whether coral banded shrimps or cleaner shrimps, moray eels (Muraenidae) are one of the marine life that depend on small crustaceans to remove parasites from their bodies. A fimbriated moray (Gymnothorax fimbriatus) was recently spotted in Tulamben with a variety of shrimps in a symbiotic relationship with it! With so many ‘friends’, it’s a wonder to us at Bali Dream Divers how the moray eel have gained a none too friendly reputation. Well it’s not their fault whatsoever, as irresponsible human behaviour in feeding moray eel causes such accidents. When in reality, moray eels are fairly curious creatures…especially when we’re concentrating on taking a photo, of a nudibranch or some other, and they will just innocently sidle up next to your arm!
If moray eels willing to have a symbiotic relationship with divers to share their underwater environment, then it must be an equal partnership – no feeding moray eels (or any marine life!), to honour their true reputation! Contact our ‘Dream Team’ to arrange a ‘Stay & Dive’ package to suit you and Tulamben’s moray eels when you dive with us in Bali!