Where in the world?
Sandy bottoms of the Indo-Pacific Region.
Colonies of Garden Eels may consist of up to several hundred individuals sticking out of their burrows like plants growing in a garden.
Garden Eels dig by forcing their pointed tails deep into the sand and wiggling their bodies to remove sand from the hole. Slime from the eel’s body solidifies the sides to prevent it from caving in. Burrows are dug deep enough the eel can fully withdraw into it when threatened.
These eels live in areas with a current so they can feed on zooplankton carried through the water moving past them.
Did you know?
These fish do not leave their burrow even to mate! Males and females shift their burrows closer together until they can reach one another.