This fish hides in a shallow-water lair with just its head protruding during the day. At night it feeds on octopuses, crustaceans, and small fish close by. If caught, it will bite anything nearby with its large fang-like teeth. Divers can be bitten by a moray eel when sticking their hands into crevices or holes in search of lobster or abalone. Edibility is good. Range is from Southern California to Southern Baja.