Fish of a Scale….

Check out this article on a recent discovery about electric eels, readers. If you’re searching for a new creature feature to add to your story, or just want to scare a younger sibling and give them nightmares, then this information should be right up your alley!

The Volta’s electric eel, Electrophorus voltai, emits the strongest shocks of any animal on Earth. Although these eels were thought to be loners, the species was recently seen hunting in a group. (L. Sousa)

 

Shocking Study Finds Electric Eels Hunt Together

January 14th, 2021

BY Abigail Eisenstadt

A group of crows is called a murder and a group of lemurs is called a conspiracy. But there is no name for a group of electric eels. That’s because in the past scientists thought they were solitary animals.

Today, a new paper in Ecology and Evolution challenges what researchers know about eels’ supposed loner behavior. Researchers have now discovered a group of electric eels working together to attack small fish in the Brazilian Amazon River basin. The eels, which are a type of knifefish rather than true eels, were once thought to be loners who preyed alone.

“This is an extraordinary discovery,” said Dr. C. David de Santana, senior author of the paper and fish research associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. “Nothing like this has ever been documented in electric eels.”

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