Electric Eels are one of the most interesting aquatic creatures in the world today.
Electric Eels are:
?Amphibians found in South America freshwater lakes/rivers, such as the Amazon River.
?Received the name “electric” because instead of attacking their prey with bites and stings, they electrocute them.
?Long, snake-like bodies that grow up to 8 feet in length and can weigh over 40 pounds.
?Nocturnal (hunt at night) and feed on fish, birds, and even small mammals on land.
How they generate electricity and shock their prey?
?All animal cells give off electricity, however cells in the Electric Eel have evolved so as to store electricity, like a battery.
?Each cell stores roughly 0.15 volts of electricity.
?With up to 6,000 of these cells, a typical Electric Eel possesses the electrical potential of 500 to 600 volts. That would be the same as about 330 D-cell batteries connected together.
?️Electric eels have terrible eyesight, so they release low voltages into the surrounding water, which causes any nearby prey or predator to twitch. The eels sense the twitching movement, and then use high voltages to stun the target.
⚡Electric Eels can jump out of the water and shock animals.
?Nest of spit – The male eel makes a nest from its saliva. The female will lay up to 3,000 eggs in the spit.
?Researchers are working to create artificial cells that mimic the bio-electrical capabilities found in the cells of Electric Eels that could power medical implants and other microscopic devices.