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"I caught a moray eel! When you're in love, that's a moray!" —New Horizons

The moray eel is a rare ocean fish introduced in City Folk. It is found all day during late summer and early autumn. It is yellow with a brown top and tail. It sells for 2,000 Bells.

Capture quotes

"I caught a moray eel! Now that's a moray!" —City Folk
"I caught a moray eel! And I was like, "No way! Deal!" —New Leaf
"I caught a moray eel! When you're in love, that's a moray!" —New Horizons

Game data

In older games
Game Name Price Location Shadow Time Months #
CF
Moray eel 2000 Ocean Very large All day Aug- Oct 56
NL
Moray eel 2000 Ocean, Island Very large All day Jun - Oct 59

Donation to the museum

In City Folk

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers says:

"The moray eel has a reputation as the gangster of the deeps, eh wot? But in actuality... It's quite the scaredy-pants and rarely strays from the home it makes between large rocks. If one doesn't start any trouble, one won't find any trouble. Such is the philosophy of the moray. It's rather universal, wot? The stronger one is, the more one understands the value of avoiding trouble..."

In New Leaf

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will give information about this fish.

"Moray eels can often be seen sticking just their heads out from between two rocks. When unsuspecting prey approaches, the dart out to snatch it up into their sharp-toothed mouths. Once moray eels have their teeth in you, it's hard to get away, making moray-eel bites no trifling matter. Their long, finless bodies are covered in tough, snakelike skin that often gets used as leather."

In the museum, this fish appears in the back tank, under a rock. It occasionally pokes its head out.

In New Horizons

When donating it to the museum in New Horizons, Blathers will say;

"Despite its rather frightening features, the moray eel is really a very cowardly fish.
It lives its life hiding in caves, and will only attack if you're looking for a fight.
You've heard of a "bark that is worse than the bite"? Well, the moray eel has a face that's worse than its fight!"

Encyclopedia information

City Folk

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
Moray Eel (City Folk).png
"These natural enemies of the octopus hide in the rocks in the shallow sea."
Size About 32 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer-Fall


New Leaf

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
MorayEelNL.png
"I caught a moray eel! And I was like, "No way! Deal!""
Size About 32 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer-Fall


New Horizons

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
Moray Eel NH.png
"I caught a moray eel! When you're in love, that's a moray!"
Habitat Sea
Months active (north) August through October
Months active (south) February through April



Gallery

Further information

Main article: Moray Eel on Wikipedia

A real moray eel.

The kidako moray (Gymnothorax kidako) can be found in shallow Pacific waters off the coast of Japan. The approximately 200 species in 15 genera are almost exclusively marine, but several species are regularly seen in brackish water, and a few, for example the freshwater moray can sometimes be found in fresh water. The body is generally patterned. In some species, the inside of the mouth is also patterned. Their jaws are wide, framing a protruding snout. Most possess large teeth used to tear flesh or grasp slippery prey items.

In other languages

Moray eel
Language Name
Japan Japanese ウツボ Utsubo
France French Murène
Spain Spanish Morena
Germany German Muräne
Italy Italian Murena
The Netherlands Dutch Murene
China Chinese 裸胸鳝/裸胸鱔 Luǒxiōngshàn
South Korea Korean 곰치 Gomchi


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