Scientists Identify Two New Species of Eel, Including the Most Powerful

Scientists have identified two new species of electric eel and one of them is the most powerful yet.

Electrophorus Voltai lives in the Amazon rainforest and can produce up to 860 volts of electricity!

That’s considerably more than the previously most juiced-up eel, which tops out at 650 volts.

The Smithsonian’s national museum of natural history says the two new eel species triple the known number.

It was previously thought all-electric eels belonged to the same species.

One researcher points out these fish can get up to eight feet long.

There are about 250 species of fish that can generate electricity, but most of them use it for things like navigation and communication.

Only electric eels use it to hunt and for self defense.


Source: NewsNet | Scientists Identify Two New Species of Eel, Including the Most Powerful