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Mark6
21st October 2011, 05:09 AM
http://www.alertdiver.com/Alien_Jaws_Enable_Elite_Predator


when the moray eel has its prey in its powerful grasp, muscles in the moray's throat thrust forth a second pair of jaws from behind the eel's skull, which grabs the food and carries it back into the esophagus to be swallowed and digested.

Darat
21st October 2011, 05:27 AM
As ever - wow!

bottsranzee
21st October 2011, 05:33 AM
Reminds me of this girl I knew...

EHocking
21st October 2011, 05:48 AM
http://www.alertdiver.com/Alien_Jaws_Enable_Elite_PredatorThe Wiki entry has an anatomical drawing as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pharyngeal_jaws_of_moray_eels.svg

kleinjahr
21st October 2011, 06:56 AM
Interesting. If I remember correctly, dragonfly larvae have something more like the Alien jaw structure. May have been where Giger got the idea.

Moon-Spinner
21st October 2011, 10:15 AM
The Wiki entry has an anatomical drawing as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pharyngeal_jaws_of_moray_eels.svg

Now I want to see an animation of it !!!

icerat
21st October 2011, 10:31 AM
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There's a thing on the reef, with big shiny white teeth - it's a Moray
If he's big and he's mean, and he's slimy and green - it's a Moray

Put your hand in the crack and you won't get it back - It's a Moray
When you're movin' your hands, best take care where they land - Watch for Morays

When some teeth catch your eye. and an eel wriggles by - It's a Moray
when something, bites your fin, and throws off your trim - It's a Moray

Keep your fingers in tight and you won't have a fright - It's a Moray
When you're moving by feel and then up pops the eel - It's a Moray

When an eel bites your thigh, as you're just swimming by - It's a Moray
When you scream, and you beg, but it still bites your leg - It's a Moray

Watch you don't get a shark, When you search, after dark - for amore
When you're out of your depth, and you run short of breath - that's amore air

When he's fanning his gills, Better head for the hills - It's a Moray
when your light, in the night, gets swallowed out of sight, - It's a Moray

When your horse munches straw, And the bales total four - That's some more hay.
When you're down and it's dark, Over there - that a shark?, No - It's a Moray

When you ace your last test, Like you did all the rest - That's some more "A"s!
When your boat comes home fine, And you tie up her line - That's a moor, eh?

When you've had quite enough, Of this daft rhyming stuff, that's "no more!", eh?

ETA: video and lyrics aren't the same version of the It's a Moray song ... but you get the idea :)

catsmate1
21st October 2011, 12:10 PM
http://www.alertdiver.com/Alien_Jaws_Enable_Elite_Predator
The imagination of sci-fi writers rarely equals the weird stuff evolution has already spawned.:)