Electric Eel Electrophorus electricus

Electric Eel
Electric Eel
Electric Eel
Electric Eels (genus electrophorus) are actually closer to catfish and knifefish than to true eels, except that they need to surface to breathe air. Native to lakes, streams and rivers of the Amazon and Orinoco basins, they can grow to some 8 feet long and live some 15 years.
Electric Eel
Electric Eel
Electric Eel
They are carnivores, eating mainly fish and crustaceans but also amphibians and small birds, mostly at night. The body has several organs that generate electricity, using some 10 volts to navigate and locate prey, 100-400 volts to stun prey and up to 650 volts for defence against predators such as caimans.