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Beware of Electric Eels! They Can Leap From Water to Attack

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Prussian explorer Alexander von Humboldt wrote about a strange Venezuelan hunt in 1800. Villagers drove horses into a pond and watched them be shocked by electric eels until the current was exhausted, then they collected the eels (actually knifefish) to eat. His account was dismissed as a fish story by other scientists because they did not believe the description of eels reaching far out of the water to shock horses. I found it hard to believe that gathering eels was worth losing a couple of horses, but what do I know? Vanderbilt University professor Kenneth Catania doesn’t know how…