Eel Facts and Some What Not’s

The Elongated Fishes

Believe it or not, according to taxonomy or animal classification or categorization, though they look like snakes, eels are fishes as well. Based on scientific studies, there are more or less, 800 species, 110 genera, 19 families and four suborders that identify eels. In terms of the eels’ practical usages for humans, eels are favorite food in some cultures. Japanese, Korean and Chinese traditions consider eels as a popular cuisine (like Unajuu and Unadon) that is in a way very expensive. In Hong Kong, a kilogram of eels could have a tag price reaching a 1000 HKD. Eels had been considered an aphrodisiac and stamina booster in some cultures and traditions and that had been one of the reasons why they are fondly consumed by humans. Freshwater eels like the European eels are also a delicacy in United States and some European countries and regions. Jellied eels have been a desired traditional east London food before the Second World War. The ‘angulas’ is a Basque dish that contains deep-fried young eels or elver. A taste for these deep-fried eels would definitely cost a fortune: a kilogram of elver would cost up to 1000 euro. The Maori is a New Zealand dish that has New Zealand longfin eels. According to research, the blood of eels is lethal for some mammals and humans as well. Nonetheless, due to digestive and food preparation processes, the toxin protein is being destroyed as well.

How Long is This Elongated Fish?

In terms of sizes, measurements or dimensions; eels are gauged in terms of their length. In average, eels’ length is ranging from two inches (or five centimeters) up to 12.3 feet (or 3.75 meters). In terms of their average heaviness, an adult eel could weigh from thirty grams to more or less 25 kilograms. Though, in a way or two, they are considered as fishes; eels have some distinct characteristics from the fishes. Unlike fishes, eels do not possess pelvic fins and some types lack pectoral fins. Eels’ anal and dorsal fins are amalgamated with the tail or the caudal fin that form a single strip running along the majority of the eels’ length. Sea holes, the bottom layer of the ocean and shallow waters are the preferred dwelling places of the eels. These sea creatures are really fond of swimming.

Some Recent Facts and Concerns

The American eel, the European eel and the Japanese eel are categorized at the seafood red list by the Greenpeace International in 2010. The seafood red list of Greenpeace international is a record of fishes that are regularly sold in supermarkets all over the world and that have a very high danger of being supplied by untenable fisheries.

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