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Nautical Trivia

September 2, 2016

1. Did you know that electric eels are found inhabiting fresh waters of the Amazon and Orinoco river basins in South America?

 

2. Did you know that electric eels are capable of generating a 500volt electric shock through 28ft of still water? 

 

3. Did you know that the shock that the electric eel produces is enough to harm any large mammal, including humans?

 

4. Did you know that electric eels can grow up to 2.5 meters (8.2 ft.) and only need to surface for air every 10 minutes due to the eel’s complex circulatory system? 

 

5. Did you know that electric eels tend to live on muddy bottoms of the river floodplains, swamps and creeks in calm water and in stagnant arms of rivers, where the electric eel spends most of its time hunting?

 

6. Did you know that the electric eel is actually related most closely to a catfish and not the common eel fish; many electric eel adults tend to be smaller than their eel fish counterparts?

7. Did you know that the electricity that the electric eel uses to shock its prey is produced in pairs of organs that are found in the abdomen of the electric eel? 

 

8. Did you know that these electricity producing organs take up around 80% of the body leaving only 20% of the electric eels body free to hold the rest of the vital organs?

 

9. Did you know that the electric eel has an unusual breeding behavior? In the dry season, a male electric eel makes a nest from his saliva into which the female electric eel lays her eggs. 

 

10. Did you know that as many as 17,000 young electric eels will hatch from the eggs in one nest? These young electric eels feed mainly on invertebrates found on the river bed.

 

11. Did you know that first-born baby electric eels have been known to gobble up the eggs from batches of other electric eels that were laid only a short time after them?

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