What is an electric eel?

Has an electric eel ever killed a human?

A full-grown electric eel can generate about 600 volts of electricity. … Although there are few documented instances of people dying from an electric eel’s shock, it could happen. A single jolt could incapacitate a person long enough to cause him or her to drown, even in shallow water.

Does electric eel have lungs?

Although electric eels breaths oxygen like humans, they don’t have lungs. Inhaled air provides oxygen to the bloodstream directly through their mouths, which is expelled through other openings on their heads, called opercular openings.

How many volts does an electric eel produce?

By discharging all electrocytes simultaneously an electric eel can generate hundreds of volts (the largest recorded is 500 V) with a current of up to 1 A (ampere). When an electric eel senses prey, or a threat, it sends a signal through its nervous system to the electrocytes.

Are electric eels blind?

Electric eels live in muddy waters. Mostly blind, they rely on low-level electrical pulses to navigate and explore their surroundings. Higher levels of voltage are generated to stun or kill prey and to protect them from predators.

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