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.