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The image shows from side, facing left, an electric predatory fish, called an electric eel.

It has a serpentine body shape, rounded, flattened and elongated towards the tail, without scales, rendered embossed.

The narrow tail, the right edge, has the role of electrocuting and neutralizing the prey, generating high voltage electric discharges.

The eyes are shown on the left side, at the top of the head, through a small, blank circle.

The electric eel has no dorsal fin, therefore its back is bare. top edge.

The pectoral fin, to the right of the head, towards the chest, is small and highlighted by a circle filled with the texture of horizontal and parallel lines.

The anal fin, the lower edge, extends from the tip of the tail, right, along the abdomen to the chest, left, has a wavy shape, with an important role in movement and is marked by the texture of oblique and parallel lines.

General information

The electric eel is a particularly dangerous prey fish, as it defends itself by generating electrical impulses.It has three pairs of organs that generate different types of electrical discharges: Shachs, Hunter and the main organ.When it locates prey, signals are transmitted through the nervous system to the electrical cells, a voltage difference is created and current is generated. Young fish produce lower shocks.It populates the waters of the Amazon and South America.It is found in seas, oceans and freshwater lakes.

It has an elongated body, without scales, a long mouth provided with sharp teeth, two pairs of gills.It also has a respiratory organ in the oral cavity, which causes it to always come to the surface of the water (about 10 minutes) to breathe.It can reach a length of about 2 m and a weight of 18-20 kg.

It feeds on various invertebrates and small mammals, such as: mollusks, crabs, fish, octopuses, turtles, shrimp, etc. During the breeding season, the female and the male join their bodies, so the eggs are fertilized and released into the water. In contact with water, they turn into larvae, which are carried by currents of water and at some point remain on the bottom of the water. When the eggs break, the young fish called fry come out.

This fish is not eaten because it has toxic skin and can poison the person who eats it.



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