Eels - Did you know?

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Can you swim backwards? Eels can. Watch The Eel King on Filthy Riches.

•    During their migration to the Sargasso Sea, eels don’t eat.  They rely on their fat reserves to fuel the long journey.

•    Female eels release between 20 and 30 million eggs once the reach the Sargasso Sea.

•    Eels have weak jaws.  To break food up into smaller pieces, they hold the food in their mouths and spin their bodies.  They have been recorded to spin 6-14 times per second.

•    One of the reasons eels have slime: aerodynamics.  The slime reduces the amount of drag working against the eel.

•    Eels can move across land to get around barriers in a stream.

•    “Slippery as an eel” is not just a figure of speech.  Eels have a layer of mucous covering their entire body which makes them extremely difficult to capture by hand.

•    American Eels are nocturnal and during the day will hide under rocks.

•    The male American Eel grows to about 2 feet long, while the female can grow to 3-5 feet long.

•    Freshly caught eels are often kept in live boxes to get rid of any muddy flavor.

•    Eels prefer to travel during dark and stormy nights.

•    Hancock, NY is known as “The Gateway to the Delaware River.”

•    Eels can swim backward and forward.

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