Boxer shrimp cleaning in mouth of eel

Boxer shrimp cleaning in mouth of eel

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Caption: A banded boxer shrimp, Stenopus hispidus, in giant moray eels mouth. Although this looks risky, the eel knows not to eat the shrimp as it is important in keeping the eel clean and parasite free. Photographed at North Ari Atoll, Maldives.

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