Today’s post is a great piece on freshwater eels that was on NPR’s “Environment in Focus” series, produced by CBF’s Tom Pelton. There were a few points in the segment that really surprised me- (who knew eels were so cool?):
1. That freshwater eels carry hitchhiking mussel larvae in their gills. 2. The sex of eels can be determined by the crowded conditions in which they’re raised. 3. Eels, on their final trip to the Sargasso Sea, lose their stomachs, stop eating completely, and assume a whole host of new attributes, like enlarged eyes.
Enjoy the program and share your amazing new facts about eels with our visitors the next time you’re pulling up an eel pot on Waterman’s Wharf!