Electric Eel, is the only species of fish that generate powerful electric shocks for self-defense and hunting purposes. It is also known as electric fish and can generate up to six hundred and fifty volts of electric current.
In fact, they are not eels but knife fish, knife fish are those who can produce electric fields for communication and navigation. They look like a snake and live up to 15 years.
The electric eel can produce less amount of current range from 5 to 10 Volts as well as high voltages can be produced depends upon eel’s size. Larger eels can produce up 450 to 650 volts of electric current.
Where they found:
They can be found in streams and ponds of Amazon and Orinoco rivers of South America.
How they produce electric current:
The size of the eels can grow up to 2 meters in length having round body and about 20 KG in weight and nearly 4/5 of their body is tail.
Their tails consists of the organs that produce electric current. Hundreds of thousands of the electric discs in the tail help them to generate low and high voltages of current. These organs work like a battery with the help of these organs eel produce different voltages of current depends upon the condition whether they are defending them or going to stun their prey. The electric current that is produced by Eels can be deadly for humans and even a horse can be knocked by their current.
Amazing facts about Eel’s:
- They can also travel on land for short distances depends upon the conditions.
- They can swim in both directions i-e forward and backward.
- They are among some animals at the planet that can generate and store electric power like the batteries.