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January 15, 2021 - The Seattle Times

Electric eels hunt in packs, shocking prey and scientists

Electric eels hunt in packs, shocking prey and scientists
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In August 2012, Douglas Bastos, then a graduate student at Brazil’s Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, was exploring a remote waterway in the Amazon rainforest when he came across a small lake teeming with electric eels.

Electric eels, which despite their name are actually a type of knifefish, were believed to be solitary creatures. And yet before Bastos’ eyes were more than 100 of them. Then things got even more jolting.

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