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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...


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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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2007-04-06 07:55:49

The Bobtail snipe eels are two species of deep-sea fish in the family Cyematidae, one only in each of two Genera. They are small elongated fish, growing up to 6.3 in (16 cm) long. They are bathypelagic (deep-water ocean-dwellers) and have been found at depths of 3.11 mi (5,000 m). They are found in all oceans. J. S. Nelson classifies them with the true eels in the order Anguilliformes, but FishBase classifies them with the gulper eels in the order Saccopharyngiformes. Cyema atrum is...

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