I FINALLY got a chance to get close up to these guys. These #small eels live in burrows on the sea floor and make their holes by gyrating the tip of their tail to drill into the #sand, until they are deep enough to retract their bodies and disappear from view. To ensure that the #burrow is stable, the eel secretes a substance that adheres to the wall to prevent a collapse. #Garden eels get their name from their practice of #poking their heads from their #burrows, while most of their #bodies remain hidden. As they tend to live close together in #colonies of up to 1,000 or more, hundreds of #eel heads "growing" from the #sea floor and swaying in the current resemble plants in a garden. As divers approach them, the #eels retreat into their holes, disappearing at the last minute as divers get too close for comfort, but reappearing almost as soon as they #divers pass by.