Eels

Kevin You Period 9 May 16, 2016

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Habitat

Eels are capable of both living in fresh water and salty water. In the ocean, the sea they live in is the Sargasso Sea, northeast at the Caribbean Islands. The Sargasso Sea is at the Atlantic Ocean.(Eels) Eels will usually go to the coast of Europe in the Mediterranean Sea and America. Eels will sometimes go into groups called swarms.(Eels)
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Movement

An Eel swims using their fins. Eels have Anal fins, chest fins, and more. Eels do not have any legs at all. Eels can go as deep as 4000 meters deep under the ocean. But eels prefer more shallow areas.(Eels 2)
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Body Covering

Eels outer covering is made up of slimy skin, similar to a snakes kind of skin. (Eels) The fins are usually spineless and the back and anal fins are long. The anal fins and the back fin are connected to the tail fin. The scales will either be cycloid or missing. (Eels 2)

Diet

Eels have a diet of small mammals, birds, a variety amphibians, fish, and worms. They also enjoy invertebrates, such as crabs and shrimp. Eels drink water as well.(Eels 3) How an eel gets its food is it will glide slowly and slither between 2 rocks. Then it ambushes on them and eats them. An eel is a carnivore.(Eels 2)

Reproduction

Eels will reproduce asexually. Female eels will usually lay their eggs in the spring time before they die. The eggs will hatch into larvae known as leptocephalus. Then it goes into metamorphosis. Then it begins to turn into a clear miniature eel. This is known as a glass eel.(Eels) An newborn eel is usually 10 cm, depending on the species. When it grows up, it can weigh as much as 65 kg.(Eels 2)
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Adaptations

An electric eel has a shocker that can produce up to 600 volts of electricity, enough to shock and drown a human. But usually eels use the electricity to stun their prey such as fish.(Eel 2) Another adaptation is their technique of hunting. The eels glide through 2 rocks and then slowly approach their prey, then ambush on devour them. (Eels 4)
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Other Info

  • A fully-grown eel can reach a length up to 8 feet and weigh up to 44 pounds (Eel 5)
  • An electric eel is usually blind when shocking something or someone (Eel 5)
  • When wounded, eels will even electrocute themselves to heal (Eel 5)
  • Eels can also live in small ponds (Eel 4)
  • Eels can be almost the size of your palm! (Eel 4)

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