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Electric EelElectric Eel

It’s positively shocking: An electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) can produce an electric charge of up to about 600 volts – five times the voltage of a wall socket, and strong enough to injure a human.

Located in the tail, the eel’s electric organs serve several uses. Low-intensity impulses help eels communicate and navigate, while high-intensity charges stun or kill prey, and provide defense.

Here’s one more shocking fact: An electric eel isn’t a true eel at all. It’s more closely related to the goldfish or carp.