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European Eel (Anguilla anguilla)

The European Eel or Anguilla anguilla was once commonly found in many places in Europe from Scandinavia to Spain, Italy to Greece. Due to pollution and changes in habitat due to human activities this Eel is now critically endangered. This species can grow to about 100 cm (40 in) in length and weigh up to 9 kg (20 lb). The color of the European Eel varies depending on its age, but it is normally brown or silver. They have several life cycles in which they are called a variety of things including Glass Eel, Elver, Yellow Eel and Silver Eel once they are sexually mature. To learn more about these eels and their life cycle check out the video below...

European Eels are normally found in muddy river bottoms or gaps in between rocks. They will normally eat carrion, small fishes and other small aquatic creatures. Over the course of their lives they go from freshwater to saltwater. They use their slimy outer layer to protect themselves from the salt. When the female European Eel gets old enough they migrate to the Atlantic Ocean to lay their eggs. Once the new babies reach about 3 years old they follow the streams and rivers into freshwater Europe. The European Eel can live 30 years or more and is considered to be quite delicious when prepared properly!If you have more information about the European Eel that you would like to share please leave us a comment below...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Its just too bad that the European seas (especially near the cost of Holland), are nearly to toxic to eat from.
Eel caught in Holland is so toxic it may not even be sold, yet they do see it through the fingers!
I will stay with the Alaska fishes, the cleanest of all.

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