Moray Eels have a second set of jaws inside their throat they can project outwards like the alien from Aliens. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Moray Eels have a second set of extendable "jaws" inside their throat called the pharyngeal jaw that grab onto prey and pull it down the eel's throat. They are thought to be a modified gill structure that has developed a secondary set of teeth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pha…
Today I learned of Miguel Wattson, an electric eel from Tennessee with its own Twitter account. Whenever he discharges a large enough jolt, a tweet will be automatically send out to his account EelectricMiguel. Apart from sending tweets, he also helps power up Christmas trees at the aquarium. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Electric eels aren't actually eels - they're knifefish. oceanconservancy.org/blog…
An electric eel can also remotely control its prey's movements, with electrical impulses acting on the prey's motor neurons. It can make hidden prey twitch to reveal itself, and then freeze so that it doesn't escape. science.sciencemag.org/co…
Sigmund Freud dissected almost 400 eels until he found one with a pair of testes. biodiversity.utexas.edu/n…
A man in Hong Kong went to the ER complaining of abdominal pain, and upon further questioning, the patient revealed he inserted a 50-cm-long eel into his rectum to relieve his constipation. medicaldaily.com/bottoms-…
Biologists are still yet to confirm how baby eels are made. Much of their lifecycle has many questions. The general consensus is that adult eels migrate to the Sargasso Sea to spawn offspring, but only one adult eel has ever been found in open waters. Nobody has seen two eels mate. discovermagazine.com/plan…
The first Thanksgiving meal included eels, shellfish, wildfowl, and deer, and there was definitely no cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
That, how Eels have sex is still a mystery.Freshwater eels can be found in rivers across Europe, but no one had ever seen them mate and no researcher could find eel eggs or identify their reproductive organs. youtube.com/watch?v=RFi6I…
Today I learned about the Pelican Eel which has a giant mouth that makes up a quarter of the total length of the animal which it uses to swallow fish (several times its own size) whole. Also, this Eel has a photophore organ on the tip of its elongated tail that glows pink. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pel…
Electric eels are not actually eels, can jump out of the water to attack prey, make nests out of saliva, and are air breathers. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
Sigmund Freud dissected hundreds of eels in an attempt to find their genitalia. biodiversity.utexas.edu/n…
Electric eels hunt in packs. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Electric Eels are air breathers, and must return to the surface for air every 10 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Moray eels have a second set of jaws inside their throats. These "ballistic" jaws shoot out into the mouth when the eel has caught its prey, bite the victim with their backward-facing teeth, and drag it further into the eel. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
A Roman slave master, Vedius Pollio, kept sharp-toothed moray eels in a pool, to throw slaves in to be eaten alive. Wen Emperor Augustus came, a slave accidentally broke a goblet. When Augustus tried to plead for the man's life, Pollio refused. Augustus ordered all Pollio's goblets smashed. napoliunplugged.com/pausi…
One of the reason why European eels migrate so far away is because their spawning site slowly moved away from them due to continental drift, kept going back and evolved for the journey diva-portal.org/smash/get…
Groupers will recruit moray eels to hunt with them using a series of fin signals. Morays hunt better in the cracks and crevices of a coral reef, while the grouper is faster in open water. The prey has nowhere left to hide. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Eels were used as currency in medieval England: time.com/5886487/eels-his…
Emperor Augustus saved a slave from being fed to a pool full of lamprey eels by an equestrian for breaking his cup. Then Augustus had all the cups of the equestrian broken to punish him for his cruelty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ved…
Michael Faraday did a four month long experiment on electric eels. Faraday applied copper paddles and saddles to eels and monitored their reactions, ultimately proving the animal's impulses were electrical by observing sparks and deflections on a galvanometer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
In medievel England, eels were used and accepted , to an extent, as currency, mostly in rental agreements. Many rental agreements, where the landlord would stipulate the rent due in "eel currency" were found. 25 eels would be a "stick". 10 sticks a bind. historiacartarum.org/eel-…
In 2019 researchers studied DNA samples from Loch Ness and ruled out the presence of the large animals that are commonly said to have been behind the monster sightings. However, the researchers did not discount the possibility that the sighted animal was a big eel. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Fishing nets account for 46 percent of the trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, with the majority of the rest composed of other fishing industry gear, including ropes, oyster spacers, eel traps, crates, and baskets. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Today I learned of the Roman senator Lucius Licinius Crassus, who held a funeral for his pet eel. When another senator ridiculed him for this, he replied: "did you not bury three wives and not shed a tear?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
In 1876, Sigmund Freud dissected 400 eels looking for testicles. To this day, the eel's mating habits remain a scientific mystery. historytoday.com/archive/…
Electric Eels Can Remotely Control Their Prey’s Muscles nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Marilyn Bell, at age 16, became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario in 1954. Her 32 mile route was greatly lengthened by high wind and high waves. Fanged lamprey eels attacked her in 65 degree water. It took her 21 hours. She is still alive today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Tennessee Aquarium in the United States is home to an electric eel. Named Miguel Wattson, the eel's exhibit is wired to a small computer that sends out a prewritten tweet when it emits electricity at a high enough threshold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
The three organs that give electric eels the ability to generate electricity take up four fifths of its body. They can also control their victim's nervous system and muscles via electrical pulses, so they can keep prey from escaping or force it to move so they can locate its position en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
The eel-hunting rainbow snake or eel moccasin (farancia erytrogramma), native to Florida, is rarely ever seen according to wildlife officials owing to its cryptic habits. Thought extinct a 4 ft long snake was spotted by hikers in the Ocala National Forest making it the first sighting since 1969. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
, Tennessee Aquarium in the United States is home to an electric eel that uses its electrical discharges to post from its own Twitter account when it emits electricity at a high enough threshold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
There exists a deep sea eel-like fish called the Bony-Eared Assfish that is currently on display in Canada. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Electric eels are capable of controlling their prey's nervous systems with their electrical abilities, and can keep prey from escaping or force it to move so they can locate its position. futurity.org/electric-eel…
No one has ever found out exactly where or how eels breed. Aristotle, Freud, and dozens of other scientists have been sucked into the mystery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eel…
The queen parrotfish sleeps inside of a protective mucus bubble secreted from its mouth, presumably for hiding its scent from predators at night. The mucus bubble may also serve as an early warning system in the event that a predator, like a moray eel, tries to attack the resting parrotfish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned about Tarrare born in 18th-century France. Tarrare was known for his extensive appetite, he could eat enough to feed 15 people and swallow cats whole-but his stomach was never satisfied. Things Tarrare ate consisted of Raw Eel, Cats, Trash and even a 14-month-old Baby en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
A scientist embedded LEDs in a prop prosthetic arm to demonstrate an electric eel attack. Each flash in the video represents the firing of the nerves in a potential predator. In each of the volleys at 600 volts, there are 200 pulses per second, a very good rate for causing pain. youtu.be/Aj5xj-5vcc0
Moray eel species are either one sex for life or one of three kinds of hermaphrodite (male to female, female to male, or both at once). jstor.org/stable/1446552?…
Today I learned of Terry Grosz, a fish and game warden that caught illegal fishers by waiting in the Eel river in a wetsuit and reeled himself in when the fisherman cast out their lines. After writing citations and confiscating their fishing rods, he went back into the river and swam away. thisamericanlife.org/radi…
Atlantic brants are medium-sized marine geese that can be seen in inshore waters along the U.S. east coast from Maine to Georgia as well as in parts of Europe. Also called brent geese or pale-bellied brants, they mainly eat eel grass, sea lettuce and seaweed in shallow tidal estuaries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Every single ribbon eel is born male by default: as male ribbon eels get older and larger, they start to develop female reproductive organs. Eventually, they become entirely female, which allows them to start laying eggs. This makes them protandric hermaphrodites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rib…
Today I learned there is so much cocaine I the river Thames that eels have been reported hyperactive and entranced standard.co.uk/news/londo…
In 1799, the Italian scientist Alessandro Volta fashioned an arm-long stack of zinc and copper discs, separated by salt-soaked cardboard. This β€œvoltaic pile” was the world’s first synthetic battery, but Volta based its design on something far olderβ€”the body of the electric eel. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Scientist's still do not know how fish like electric eels shock prey from their bodies without shocking themselves. ed.ted.com/lessons/how-do…
Not only can the Electric Eel shock its prey, but it can also "control their mind", immobilizing them or making them reveal their position using electricity. zmescience.com/science/bi…
Today I learned about an eel discovered to be living inside a sharks heart deepseanews.com/2013/10/i…
Eel blood is poisonous, which is why it is never served raw as sushi archive.boston.com/busine…

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