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Monday, September 19, 2005
Electric Eel Fishing
Electric Eel
The Electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) is capable of generating powerful electrical shocks, of up to 600 volts and 1 ampere of for the total of .6Kw for approximately 10 microseconds.
Juveniles produce smaller voltages -- about 110V (220V in Europe).
An electric eel can grow up to 2.5 m in length and 20 kg in weight.
When agitated, it is capable of producing these intermittent electrical shocks over a period of at least an hour without signs of tiring.
Incidentally, 600 volts is exactly the voltage required to cause the initial ionization of a fluorescent lamp, so you can use an instant-start ballast transformer to practice handling eels.
High Voltage How to fish an electric eel:
Troubleshooting and repairing an electric eel:
Electric eel is excellent baked, stewed, grilled or smoked. Though considered a fatty fish, the eel is high in vitamins A and D, as well as being a good source of protein, e- and Na+.
Electric eel recipes:

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