The Iconic Electric Eel Is Actually Three Species
I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you.
The electric eel is actually three separate species! They last shared a common ancestor 7 million years ago, so they started to diverge before brown bears & polar bears, lions & tigers, and humans & chimps.
While marveling at this cool electric eel discovery, it's also important to remember the social and environmental context in which it is made.
I also asked
how one safely collects electric eels in the field, and the answer was basically, you're going to get shocked.
The Truth About Electric Eels Has Long Been Overlooked
On collecting electric eels
says: “I don’t allow students to do it. It’s never safe.” Great article by