Konrad Hughen (in WHOI's Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department) was diving in just 2-3 meters (6-9 feet) of water when this Red Sea resident came out to watch. Hughen studies corals as a means to decode past climates. He and colleagues were in the Red Sea in June 2007, assessing reef health and looking for corals to sample, part of ongoing WHOI research on coral reef ecosystems. The eel is a Giant Moray (Gymnothorax javanicus) that grows to more than 2m. in length.
(Photo by Konrad Hughen, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)