morays in decline?


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Posted by John M. on April 18, 2003 at 12:31:31:

In Reply to: Re: I'm not sure what your point is? posted by Mark on April 16, 2003 at 21:50:32:

Morays are by definition kind of always in decline here... the theory is that they do not breed up here. We are the absolute northern end of their range, and the theory goes that the only time we have them is when a crop of them comes up under particular large ocean climate events (most likely warming up here). That crop will then decline as it's predated, perhaps disappear (as is mostly the case at the moment in San Diego), until refreshed by a new crop.

At least that's the theory.

Same is pretty much true for wolf eels, except that with them we're the extreme southern end of the range and they follow cold water down (instead of warm water up).

But hey, having a handful of them that managed to swim all the way here is less important than testing out some recipe found on the internet, so have at it.


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