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They're elongated fishes. Or "eelongated."
Eels are fish, recognized as such, in 1777, by the Italian anatomist Carlo Mondini who found they had the sexual organs of a fish and were therefore fish.
Unfortunately, he couldn't do much for their fishy reputation, which put them slightly above snakes.
As Leonardo Da Vinci said:
"Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes, and pulling out an eel."
(Perhaps marriage wasn't his thing.)
Nature writer James Prosek is doing his best to reform their slippery image (someone has to do it) in his new book, with a fittingly long title:
Prosek, in fact, is such an aficionado, he travels the globe to talk about them.
And why not.
Eels go back to prehistoric days and begin life as a flat and transparent larvae.
To make a long story even longer, the eel is the only fish in the world that spawns in the ocean but spends its adult lives in rivers, lakes and streams.
Although nobody knows exactly where in the ocean they go, and exactly how they get together, since nobody has ever seen them do it.
But do it they must, since in Japan, they consume more than 130,000 tons each year of the order Anguilliformes, which consists of four suborders, 19 families, 110 genera and about 800 species.
Thought you'd want to know.
Most eels rarely bother other fish, feeding on stream insects, snails, crustaceans, growing as long as 12.3 ft, as in the giant Moray, and are streamlined, possessing no pelvic fins, and many species also lack pectoral fins.
They basically mind their own business, hiding in the sand, mud, among rocks, or in the many cracks found in coral reefs and only come out of their hiding places at night.
They're shy, hardly exhibitionists like some showoffs I can name, and have had to put up with slimy negative feedback all these years.
If eels don't deserve some lengthy kudos, who does?
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Most fascinating fish?