Monday, August 8, 2011

Another Reason to Stay Out of the Amazon

The electric eel has thousands of electric cells, with those organs making up four-fifths of its body. It lives in the Amazon River and its tributaries and is the most shocking animal on Earth; no other animal packs such a big charge. If attacking a large prey, a 9-foot-long eel can discharge about 800 volts. One zap could easily stun a human senseless. The larger the eel, the bigger the charge. The electric eel’s shocking power is so great that it can overtake its victims while 15 feet away.

And they're ugly, too.

2 comments:

froggy said...

If we filled our river with them we could breach the dams which is the dearest wish of some environmentalists. And then, according to some, toss the environmentalists in with them. We like long, protracted battles here.

Berry Blog said...

Is this just a metaphor for a Congressman or two?