Wolf-Eel Update: Now on Display

Wolf-eels on display

Wolf-eels on display

Our baby wolf-eels are now two months old and doing great!

Several are on display in Tank 9-D near the jellies. We’ve also begun sending some to other aquariums.

At this time, there are 24 on display.  That number will be reduced as they grow. We’re also […]

Amazing Wolf-Eel Egg Photos

Peter Kragh, a professional photographer/videographer, went behind the scenes to photograph the hatching of our wolf-eel eggs.

Check out these photos. They are simply stunning.


Wolf-Eel Eggs Are Hatching

It’s been an exciting few days at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Our baby wolf-eels are hatching!

Our aquarists have so far collected about 250 wolf-eels from the mass of eggs, with another few hundred expected to hatch over the next two weeks. The tiny fish are born brownish-pink, about 1 1/2 inches in length. They […]

Update: Wolf-eel eggs at Week 12

Our wolf-eel eggs are about a week away from hatching. Look at how big they’ve grown! It can take up to two weeks for all the eggs to hatch once the main hatching begins. Our aquarists are standing by.


Wolf-Eel Update: Week 10

Caring for our wolf-eel eggs is an ongoing process.

Check out the pictures below of the eggs at Week 10, as well a video taken a few weeks ago of Aquarist Mark Ball making sure the eggs are thriving. He will do this every Wednesday morning until the eggs hatch, which we estimate will be […]

Update: Wolf-eel Eggs

Our wolf-eel eggs continue to thrive. Each week, our aquarists take photos of the developing eggs to track their development.

Week 5: Note the long tail running just below and to the left of the yolk. You can also see a pair of blood vessels that fork out from below the head toward the perimeter […]

New Eggs from ‘Alien Elders’

By Nigella Hillgarth, executive director

The wolf-eels at Birch Aquarium at Scripps laid eggs this month! This is an unusual and exciting occurrence by a really remarkable fish.

We kept the eggs on display with their parents for a few weeks but have since taken them away for safekeeping. The eggs are behind the scenes, […]