Animals: Eel Secrets

Some 2,200 years ago Aristotle dignified the lowly eel by puzzling about the mystery of its life. Following him came scores of scientists who jousted with the problem with no success. All knew the mature eel, the smaller elver. None, until lately, ever saw the larvae on the spawning ground. None knew where eels went to breed.

As the two-masted, 138 ft. Dana, one-time British minesweeper in the Baltic, slipped into Naples last week, the solution of the eel mystery was held in notebooks which she carried. Dr. Johannes Schmidt, Denmark's famed ichthyologist,...

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