Muraenoctinus giganteus, a giant murene-relative that lives some 127 million years from now in the waters around Australia. It is a formidable predator and can grow up to lengths of 3-5 meters. Unlike the extant moray-eels the fins on the back and rear of Muraenoctinus have separated from the tail-fin. Muraenoctinus is an ambush-predator. It waits between the kelp for a prey to swim by and it strikes. The bend in its jaws prevents the prey from escaping. Another tool for preventing the prey from escaping is the immense jaw-power of this creature. It is not the only predator in the Australian kelp-forests. It shares this environment with various sharks, amongst which are some that grow equally large as a small Muraenoctinus. Still most, if not all sharks, are on the menue of the larger Mureanoctinus, except for the ones that are too small to form a good meal.
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