Feeding the wolf eels back stage at the Vancouver Aquarium

During the Divers’ Weekend at the Vancouver Aquarium we received a private tour of the hatchery to see how the Vancouver Aquarium is able to raise Wolf Eels. Wolf Eels are not actually an eel, but a blenny, a species of fish. The local Wolf Eel population has been depleted because of commercial harvesting. However as divers we prefer to see them in their natural habitat which is commonly on a rocky reef and shoreline. The mottled grey wolf eel most often keeps items in a cave or crevice. This gentle creature can usually be found with its mate with whom they stay for life.

It was amazing to be able to see so many of them in one place together, all allowing the girls to feed them by hand. The wolf eels in this tank were about 10-15 inches in length and they can grow to 8 feet in length and to over 40lbs.