Ailing green moray eel on leave from Jennette’s for treatment

By on December 5, 2014


The eel is suffering from compressed vertebrae. North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island)

Visitors have noticed the popular Green Moray Eel living under the mock piling at Jennette’s Pier aquarium has vanished.

It’s hard to miss a 4.5-foot iridescent ribbon streaming by, and the wonder it inspires. The eel took leave of the tank this fall when radiographs showed compressed vertebrae, said Saiward Turnbaugh, aquarist at the pier, which is operated by the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

The 28-pound eel is a favorite, and has been on display in the pier exhibit since it opened around three years ago.

Turnbaugh said the eel is receiving Vitamin B and treatments to help reduce pain and swelling under the supervision of the North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Veterinary Medicine Center for Marine Sciences and Technology at the Roanoke Island quarantine building.

She said aquarium husbandry staff and the NCSU Vets are hopeful the eel will be able to return to the exhibit as its health and function continues to improve, though they expect a long recovery period, and the outcome is unknown.



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