Animals: 500-Volt Eel

Of the thousands of different types of fish, only five can produce electricity. Best known of these is the electric eel (Electrophorus electricus), a brownish-grey, snake-like creature that is not an eel at all but belongs to the carp and catfish family. Especially abundant in the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers in South America, electric eels have six electricity-generating organs extending lengthwise through their tails, which make up four-fifths of the eel's body. If a man or animal touches an electric eel, he will be mildly shocked. But if he were brash enough to...

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