Once out of the tank and behind the scenes, she is wheeled down the hall to the medical center, where the vets take over. First step--after closing all the doors just in case--is to add anesthesia to the water and wait for the eel to go into a sleepy state.
|Having a look to see if she is asleep from the anesthesia yet|
|An inside view|
|Moving her to the exam table|
|After turning her 180 degrees to get closer...|
|...she began to expel eggs. A LOT of eggs.|
|Like, almost 3 GALLONS of eggs!|
|Stitching her back up|
|And a quick blood draw for tests|
|Back in the eel bag she goes|
Once back in the eel bag, she is put back in the barrel and wheeled back down the hallway for her return to the Giant Ocean Tank. I'm pretty sure she feels much better :-)
Green morays, Gymnothorax funebris, typically range between 3 and 5 feet when seen in the wild, however this eel is close to 8 feet long and is the biggest of the five we have in the Giant Ocean Tank. Green morays are nocturnal by nature, but it is not too uncommon to see one of ours swimming around the tank during the day. Come have a look and see if you can spy all five as you spiral up the Giant Ocean Tank ramp.