Rarely Seen Deep Sea Gulper Eel

EV Nautilus is exploring unknown regions of the ocean seeking out new discoveries in biology, geology, and archaeology. The Nautilus team spotted a gulper eel (Eurypharynx pelecanoides) doing just that in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Its pouch-like mouth can inflate in an instant, scooping up much larger prey just like a pelican, and giving it that muppet-like look! This gulper eel was likely a juvenile, as this species can grow up to three feet in length.