- "I caught a ribbon eel! Good for tying on presents!"
The Ribbon Eel, Rhinomuraena quaesita, is an uncommon fish found exclusively on Tortimer Island. It has a distinct, thin shadow shared only by the Eel. It can be caught all day, year-round, and sells for 600 Bells.
An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.
"Ribbon eels have long, ribbonlike bodies and look as if they have flowers sprouting from their noses. They get their name from their bright, vivid color, in addition to the length of their bodies. Ribbon eels hatch sexless before first becoming males, then females as they age. Their tendency to stick their heads out from holes in the sand and open their mouths is not a sign of anger. In actuality, they're merely taking a breath. Oddly, they're surprisingly peaceful creatures, despite the look."
In real life
The Ribbon Eel, or Bernis Eel, is a species of saltwater eel that is native to the Indian and Pacific oceans. Juveniles are jet black with a yellow dorsal fin, while females are yellow with a black anal fin with white margins on the fins. Adult males are blue with a yellow dorsal fin. They can grow to an overall length of approximately 100cm (36in), and have a life span of up to twenty years. In the wild, the ribbon eel buries itself in sand or hides in rocks or reefs, dashing out to feed on shrimp and fish.
Because most ribbon eels don't live longer than a month in captivity, some feel this species should never be purchased. Ribbon eels have been observed in nearly every case to stop eating after being captured, although there's reports of them surviving and eating in captivity for two years or more. With proper sized tanks, water flow, and depth of proper sand they can be kept for much longer in pairs.