“Never forget about the eel that swims with the stream.”
Are eels related to the tribes of snakes? Yes! It is one of the most common questions that people ask when they first see this creature. As we know that there are hundreds of species in the sea, and humans are still discovering new ones. It is like a never-ending process to find the blessings of nature. One of the beautifully created sea creatures is eel, which amazes every person who sees.
Eels are entirely different from snakes due to their anatomy, shape, and body functioning. Eels are fish, and they live underwater, without water they can’t survive and would die. Like other sea creatures, the water is an integral life-unit for this creature because they can’t breathe without it.
Some Basic info about eel
- Common name : Electric eel
- Scientific name: Electrophorus electricus
- Type :Fish
- Group name: Swarm
- Average life span: Almost 15 years
- Size: 6-8 feet
- Weight: 44 pounds
- The height is just like a man of: 6 feet
Types of eel
It is one of the most exciting creatures of the sea, with more than 800 species, 111 genres, and 19 families. Moray and Conger are the most common types of marine, but they still vary from each other. The more common species vary from their color, sizes, diets, and habitats. If we talk about the most popular types of the eel, then “European Conger” from the Congridae family is taking this spot. European Conger is the giant eel in the whole world and lives in northeast Atlantic. Apart from these, there are the following other common types:
- Snyder’s Moray (it lived in the Pacific Ocean and discovered in 1904.)
- Giant Moray (Lives in the indo-pacific region.)
- Slender giant Moray (The 13-feet Moray lives in Indo-west pacific-ocean.)
- Snowflake Moray (It lives in Indo-pacific-ocean in the depth of around 7-100 feet.)
- And Zebra Moray (It lives among the reefs of Indo-pacific region.)
These eels are famous and named for the electric charge that they can make. They use the electrical charge in their defense and to stun the prey. The eel’s electric shock is quite famous, and their body can generate around 600 volts of energy. The organs have about 6000 electrolytes that store the power like a battery in the internal system.
Diet and behavior
The primary source of the diet is fish as they mainly live in the Atlantic Ocean, Indo-pacific and pacific-ocean. Apart from the fish, they like to eat amphibians, birds, and other small mammals. The one additional quality of these fish that they air breath, and they mostly come to the surface of the water. The eels’ eyesight level is low, but they use the electric charge (10 volts) to navigate the prey.
Apart from the above info, there are following some other points which are showing other characteristics of this species.
Eels can reach maximum height and weight, exceeding 8 feet and 44 pounds, respectively.
The eel’s body is long cylindrical with a flattened head, and the colorful lower body compliments it.
Are they a threat to humans?
Now it is one of the most critical questions, and people think about this creature in a negative way. The negativity of people starts when they hear about the electric shocks that eel discharges. In reality, human death due to electrical charge is infrequent. But multiple traumas at a time can be the reason for respiratory diseases and heart failure.
Can we eat eel?
People think they can’t eat this creature, and they pre-assume all of this due to their appearance. They believe it is a small, slimy, transparent, and snake-like creature not meant to eat. But it is not valid, it is safe to eat eel due to following reasons:
- It lacks pelvic and pectoral fins.
- Rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Eel also contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc, and iron.
In the whole world, people love to eat this, and due to this, there is a threat of extinction. Above from all in Japan, they consume around 70% of the world’s catch, and the population is declining. In the UK, baby eels (elvers) were the cheapest dish for the poor, but now due to fewer eels, it costs about 100$ for a small serving.