The misunderstood eel
You might think that an eel is slimy, slippery and ugly, but this creature is more that meets the eye. Eels can be amazing creatures if you didn’t just kill it. Read this to find out why its so brilliant.
The eel is a snake like fish, there are two types of eels in New Zealand, the long tail and the short tail. Both are native to New Zealand.The long-finned eel can grow up to 2m long and can weigh 50kg. Thats heavier than most year 6 children. The short finned is smaller and lighter. Both eels are dark green to brown and they also have a silver underbelly. Their fins are near the head so it looks like ears and they have teeth as sharp as a butcher knife but not as big. Perfect for ripping flesh.
Both eels live in freshwater and holes in creeks and rivers. Eels also go on amazing journeys from New Zealand to way out in the ocean by Tonga for the summer.
The threat of the NZ eels are fishers, loss of habitat, pollution, hunters and orcas.
Eels eat small fish, fish eggs, ducklings, mice, and any carrion that falls in the water.
It starts from the eggs, then it goes too a larva, then glass eel, next is elver and then the adult until they lay the eggs.
So now you see why eels are amazing creatures. Next time you see an eel, take a moment to appreciate this unique fish in its natural environment.
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