Monday, August 3, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Electric eels can jump out and attack you


Posted on Tuesday, 7 June, 2016 | Comment icon 8 comments

You are not even safe out of the water. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Steven G. Johnson
A new study has found that electric eels are able to jump out of the water to electrocute predators.
As if the risk of being attacked by an electric eel while in the water wasn't bad enough, scientists have now determined that these unique fish can jump out of the water to shock targets as well.

The research seems to corroborate a famous account by 19th-century explorer Alexander von Humboldt who reported electric eels jumping out of the Amazon river to electrocute horses.

Study leader Kenneth Catania, a biologist from Vanderbilt University, had initially been skeptical of the story because no similar incident had been reported over the last 200 years.
He soon changed his mind however when he witnessed eels dramatically hurling themselves from the water of an experimental tank to electrocute a net that was being used to move them.

It turned out that the electric shock was also much larger when administered out of the water.

"This allows the eels to deliver shocks with a maximum amount of power to partially submerged land animals that invade their territory," he said.

"It also allows them to electrify a much larger portion of the invader’s body."


Source: USA Today | Comments (8)


Tags: Electric Eel


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by GreenmansGod on 7 June, 2016, 16:11
Ouch,  that is a bad a** fish.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 7 June, 2016, 18:01
Add this to the Nile gator and sharks/jelly fish and the like, another reason to stay away from the water. (I know - a reoccurring theme for me lately, but better safe than sorry especially since I can't swim due to physical issues.)
Comment icon #3 Posted by rod64 on 7 June, 2016, 18:20
I bet the researchers were shocked by that discovery.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado on 7 June, 2016, 18:57
Not as shocked as many a peeing fisherman.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ozfactor on 8 June, 2016, 10:55
that is horror movie stuff for me , terrified of eels . 
Comment icon #6 Posted by A_Maine96 on 8 June, 2016, 10:59
That's just disturbing. I think I'll stay away from anywhere inhabited by electric eels.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ozfactor on 8 June, 2016, 11:10
I grew up by a river that had conger eels . the largest I saw was over 6 foot . giant snakes with needle teeth 
Comment icon #8 Posted by A_Maine96 on 8 June, 2016, 12:21
I'll stay away from those too...


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6748055
281014
185592

 
Some stars could host seven habitable planets
8-2-2020
Other stars may be able to host more than our own solar system's solitary habitable world, a new study suggests.
Mystery seeds start turning up worldwide
8-2-2020
Packets of unidentified seeds have been turning up, not just in the US, but also in Europe, Canada and the UK.
Near-death experiencers recount their stories
8-1-2020
Several people have recently come forward with details of their own harrowing near-death experiences.
MIT develops a dream manipulation machine
8-1-2020
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have built a device that can influence your dreams.
Stories & Experiences
Black blob in my room/bed
7-23-2020 | Powell,TN U.S.
 
Transparent levitating ball
7-14-2020 | Santa Rosa, California
 
 
 
Grim reaper-like visitation
6-16-2020 | Canada
 
My monster catfish story
6-15-2020 | Dallas texas
 
Orb of light in room
5-9-2020 | USA/Texas/Waco
 
Not sleeping alone
5-9-2020 | Los Angeles
 
Glowing red eyes
5-9-2020 | Fields, Louisiana
 
Two creature sightings
5-1-2020 | Augusta and Louisana
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
NASA studies underwater 'white smoker' vents
Posted 4-17-2020 | 3 comments
Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor can teach us about possible habitats on other worlds.
 
10 strange things about our solar system
Posted 3-17-2020 | 0 comments
A look at some of the most mysterious things about our solar system.
 
Lizzie - Scotland's other loch monster
Posted 3-8-2020 | 0 comments
Amelia Dimoldenberg investigates the Loch Ness Monster's neighbor.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ