What is muraena?
"Muraena" is a genus of twelve species of large eels (ray-finned fish) in the family Muraenidae.
This genus is common in the Mediterranean, and is abundantly represented in tropical and subtropical seas, especially in rocky parts or on coral reefs. In the majority, a long fin runs from the head along the back, round the tail to the vent, but all are destitute of pectoral and ventral fins. The skin is scaleless and smooth, in many species ornamented with varied and bright colours.
The mouth is wide, the jaws strong and armed with formidable, generally sharply pointed, teeth, which enable the "Muraena" not only to seize its prey (which chiefly consists of other fishes) but also to inflict serious, and sometimes dangerous, wounds on its enemies. It attacks persons who approach its places of concealment in shallow water, and is feared by fishermen.
Some of the tropical Muraenas exceed a length of 5 feet (150 cm), but most of the species are somewhat smaller.