New Video Explores the Mystery of Eels
by Brandon Keim
Lurking in lakes and rivers around the world, eels are ubiquitous yet enigmatic. Despite centuries of study, the most basic details of eel life remain mysterious.
Their offspring, example, look so different from adults that they were long thought to be another species. Even more fundamentally, while every other migratory fish in the world spawns in fresh water and spends adulthood at sea, eels do the opposite. How did this come to be? Nobody knows.
“Even the more scientific books pretty much admit that we don’t know very much,” said James Prosek, an artist and author. “As Rachel Carson said, ‘they pass from human sight and almost from human knowledge.’”
Prosek’s first experiences with eels came in childhood, when he accidentally caught Anguilla rostrata, the American eel, while fishing for trout and bass in Connecticut. Exasperation eventually turned to fascination, sending him around the world in search of more information…
(read more: Wired Science) (video: PBS)