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Threatened European Eels Disappear In Deep Water On Their Way To The Sargasso Sea
2014-02-11 10:15:02

University of Southern Denmark When the threatened European eels cross the Atlantic Ocean to get to the Sargasso Sea to spawn, they swim in deep water. But this does not protect them from predators, researchers from the University of Southern Denmark report: Even in deep water the eels are hunted and eaten. The European eel is in decline, and all over the world biologists are struggling to map its mysterious life cycle in order to bring its numbers back up. One of the great puzzles is...

Ocean Currents Drive Eel Population Changes: Study
2013-12-29 08:18:16

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fluctuations in the European eel population – a long-time holiday delicacy – may be linked to changing ocean currents in the Atlantic, according to new research published in the journal Current Biology. The European eel gives birth in the Sargasso Sea and the larvae drift towards the European coast 2700 miles away. There, in fresh water and along the coast, they grow and mature into adults, before returning to the Sargasso...

2012-01-05 13:36:00

ARCATA, Calif., Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today watershed advocacy group Friends of the Eel River (FOER) announced that Scott Greacen will be the organization's new executive director. Departing executive director Nadananda will continue to serve on the organization's board of directors and work on special projects. Nadananda served as the organization's executive director for 17 years and has overseen the group's most notable accomplishments, including successfully advocating...

2011-12-20 07:15:00

SANDY, Utah, Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Living Planet Aquarium is shocking visitors with its Christmas display which uses an electric eel to flash the lights on its tree. A Christmas display in the "Journey To South America" gallery is blinking by using the energy generated by an electric eel in a nearby tank. "We took the voltage produced by the eel via stainless steel electrodes and used it to power a sequencer," said Terry Smith, Project Manager at Cache Valley Electric. "The...

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2011-08-17 12:35:00

Scientists from the Smithsonian and partnering organizations have discovered a new eel that inhabits an undersea cave in the Pacific Ocean which they have dubbed a "living fossil". The U.S.-Palauan-Japanese team had to create a new taxonomic family to describe its relationship to other eels. The team say the eel's features suggest it has a long and independent evolutionary history stretching back 200 million years. The animal is brown and has very few of the anatomical characteristics of...

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2011-02-02 11:55:59

Greek philosopher Aristotle believed eels emerged spontaneously from mud. Although that has long since been disproven, the slippery fish has always had a mysterious reproduction system. Now, a team of Japanese researchers reportied in the British science magazine Nature Communications on Tuesday that they found 31 eel eggs near the West Mariana Ridge in the Pacific Ocean near Guam, for the first time ever, shedding light on the mystery surrounding the spawning habits of the fish. Experts...

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2010-04-07 12:10:00

A genetic survey shows very little structure to moray eel populations in the Indo-Pacific. How, then, did 150 species of eel arise there? Joshua Reece became interested in moray eels in 2005 when he was applying to the PhD program at the University of Hawai'i. Instead of taking him on a campus tour, his host, Brian Bowen, PhD, a biologist at the university, took him on a dive. Along the southwest coast of Oahu, Reece looked under a rock ledge and was startled to see five different species of...

2006-02-22 13:17:26

LONDON (Reuters) - East is East and West is West and never the twain will meet -- at least as far as the world's freshwater eels are concerned. It has long been established that the freshwater eels of the United States and Europe originate in the Sargasso Sea off Bermuda. But the origin of their eastern cousins, the Japanese freshwater eels, has remained a mystery -- until now. Writing in the science journal Nature, researchers from Tokyo University's Ocean Research Institute say...

2005-10-06 07:40:58

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU fishermen may have to stop catching eels for six months each year to prevent the species disappearing from European waters after a drastic stock decline over the past 20 years, the EU executive said on Thursday. In June, for the first time, scientists called for a Europe-wide ban on fishing for eels, a species at serious risk of extinction in Europe. Eel numbers have sunk to the lowest since 1980 and could take two decades to rise again, they said. Now, the...


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2009-01-20 20:31:33

The Pacific Hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii) also known as the Slime Eel, is a species of hagfish that is found in the mesopelagic (600 to 3000 feet deep) to abyssal (13,000 to 21,000 feet deep) Pacific ocean, near the ocean floor. In many parts of the world, including the USA, hagfish-skin clothing, belts, and other accessories are advertised and sold as "yuppie leather" or "eel-skin". Hagfish, however, are not true eels. This is a jawless fish, as it evolved to lose this trait from the early...

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2007-06-24 18:16:28

The Pelican eel or Gulper eel, discovered by Kyle Briggins, is a deep-sea fish rarely seen by humans, though the creatures are occasionally snagged in fishermen's nets. It is an eel-like fish, the only member of the genus Eurypharynx and the family Eurypharyngidae. It belongs to the order Saccopharyngiformes which is closely related to the true eels in Anguilliformes. The Pelican eel's most notable feature is its enormous mouth, which is much larger than its body. The mouth is...

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2007-04-05 00:14:31

The Swollen-headed conger eel, Bassanago bulbiceps, is a conger of the family Congridae, found on the soft bottom of the continental slopes around southern Australia and New Zealand. Its length is between 15.75 and 23.62 in (40 and 60 cm). As its common name implies, the swollen-headed conger eel's head is swollen, especially when viewed from above, and this is the main distinguishing feature of this species. The origin of the dorsal fin is directly above the base of the pectoral fin. The...

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2007-02-21 15:11:58

The American eel, Anguilla rostrata, is a catadromous fish found on the eastern coast of North America. It has a snake-like body with a small sharp pointed head. It is brown on top and a tan-yellow color on the bottom. It has sharp pointed teeth but no pelvic fins. The female American eel spawns in salt water, and it takes 9 to 10 weeks for the eggs to hatch. After hatching, young eels move toward North America and enter freshwater systems to mature. The female can lay up to 4 million...

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2007-02-21 15:10:33

The speckled longfin eel or Australian longfin eel, Anguilla reinhardtii, is one of 15 species of eel in the family Anguillidae. A native of New Guinea, eastern Australia, including Tasmania, Lord Howe Island, and New Caledonia, specimens have recently been found in New Zealand. This was confirmed in 1997 using vertebral counts and DNA markers from eels caught in the Waikato River. Although this confirmation is recent, anecdotal evidence suggests reinhardtii may have been in New Zealand for...

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