Conger Eel

Conger conger
Conger Eel

Habitat: Kelp forest and rocky reef

Depth: Down to 500m 

Food: Fish, crustaceans, squid and octopus

Length: Up to 2m

Lifespan: 10 years

Conservation Status: Data Deficient

Hiding in rocky crevices during the day, the conger is a nocturnal predator with lots of small sharp teeth.

Conger eels breed only once in their lifetime, between the ages of 5 and 10 years. In preparation for breeding they undergo some strange changes, stop eating and travel all the way to the deep waters of the Azores. Where they spawn and then die. Juvenile conger eels drift around the oceans for a number of years before arriving back to our coasts to start the cycle anew.  

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