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Electric eels zap other fish via 'remote control'

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  • 8 years ago
Electric eels produce the most powerful shocks of any fish, zapping prey with up to 600 volts of electricity. But eels have an even more amazing trick up their sleeve, new research reveals. They can shock their prey from meters away, making them twitch to reveal their hiding spot. Sneaky!

This slowed down video shows an eel capturing a fish. Red frames have been colorized to show when the eel emits a high-voltage pulse.

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Read the research: http://www.sciencemag.org/lookup/doi/10.1126/science.1260807

Video credit: Kenneth Catania, 2014
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