Roving Reporter | Marley the Moray is Doing Just Fine! by Jeanette Larson

For the first time in many years I visited the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. One of my main purposes in going was to visit Marley, the beloved moray eel who normally resides at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor. Just prior to Hurricane Harvey making landfall on August 25, 2107, aquarium staff evacuated Marley to the Texas State Aquarium for safekeeping. Native fish in the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor were released back into the ocean but Marley, a honeycomb moray, is a native of the Pacific so could not be released into the Gulf of Mexico.

As far as eels go, honeycombs are among the most attractive and that may account for some of Marley’s extraordinary popularity at the Aquarium. He seems happy at the Texas State Aquarium and swam up to great us but, I’m sure, will be happy to return home whenever that becomes possible.

The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor was completely devastated by the hurricane, with only the Education Center left standing. The building was owned by the county and they are waiting for insurance settlement to rebuild. The Aquarium, a private non-profit organization, is currently raising funds for the interior property such as the tanks and displays, according to volunteer director of operations, Phil Wildfang. So it may be awhile until Marley can return to Rockport. In the meantime, folks are encouraged to visit him in Corpus Christi.

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