Wolf Eel
(Anarrhichthys ocellatus)

image of a Wolf Eel

Image ID: 189-01

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Comments : This is a good shot of one of the friendly females on the Sunrise wall. I have noted over time that the Wolf-Eels here are much more inclined to come out of their dens in the afternoon or evening. We have a very difficult time getting Wolf-Eels to come out of their dens for a herring snack in the morning. Wolf-eels can have up to 350 vertebrae and start their life as pelagic fish, settling on the bottom after a couple of years. There is some debate if Wolf-eels pair up for life or not. My observations at Sunrise Beach are that they do - I have noted that that the same pair have stayed together for over two years now, moving to different dens. Wolf-eels usually nest in winter months and guard their eggs in their den until they hatch. While they are raising the eggs, they take turns hunting so that one parent is always with the eggs. It has been noted that if something happens to one of the pair, the other Wolf-eel will wrap itself around the eggs and fast until they hatch.
Common name : Wolf Eel
Scientific Name : Anarrhichthys ocellatus
Location Found : Sunrise Beach, South Puget Sound
Actual Size : 60 inches long
Camera Used : Sea & Sea MMII EX w/1->3T macro
Natural History :