|MadSci Network: Zoology|
Hi Joshua, Eels that live in the ocean do migrate at times of the year. They travel from where they live to certain areas to make young eels. In this migration they can swim for many months, sometimes a whole year, and in the cold months of winter they sometimes hibernate. See http://www.fao. org/wairdocs/tan/x5915e/x5915e01.htm BUT an electric eel isn't really an eel. They are actually a type of fish and their really long tail makes them look like an eel. It is a funny fish though because it gets most of its air by coming to the surface and breathing like we do. http://whozoo.o rg/Intro2000/tashcorm/tempagetwo.htm Electric eels live in the warm waters of the Amazon river so they do not need to sleep during the cold months and do not travel long distances to avoid the cold or to mate. htt p://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/webprojects2001/riis/electriceels.htm Here they enjoy eating the fish of the rivers and are generally quite safe from predators due to their ability to shock. Even the fishermen who catch their meals on the river avoid the eels because they can be shocked and because the eels caught in their net shock the rest of the catch to death. Electric eels are even known to shock up to 8 hrs after they have been killed by fishermen. htt p://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/webprojects2001/riis/electriceels.htm Hope this helped you. You can learn lost more about eels and other animals either here on MadSci or at http://whozoo.o rg/Intro2000/tashcorm/tempagetwo.htm Bye Peter
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