Animals: Electric Eel

Man is not the only animal which can produce electricity. No insect, no bird, no other mammal can, but five fishes are living dynamos. Of these the biggest and most potent is the electric eel (Electrophorus electricus), a wormish monster which lives in the freshwater marshes of northern South America, grows over 8 ft. long and thick as a man's thigh, can send a shock through 28 ft. of water and stun the largest animal, including man.

Last week electric eels made news when from Belem, Brazil it was reported that a party...

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