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Fact: Electric Eels & The Electric Fish

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Did you know that fish like the electric eel and the electric ray can produce high voltage electric shocks as high as 700 volts.  Although these electric shocks can only be discharged in short bursts they are extremely effective as both an attack and defense mechanism. To put things into perspective the electricity levels involved with an eel could protect it from most large predators such as anacondas and crocodiles, and may even be enough to kill a human.

So how on earth do they create electricity from within their own bodies. The answer lies in the presence of specialised cells called electrocytes. On average an electric eel might have around 7000 of these cells and with each cell being able to produce 0.1 volts of electricity you can quickly see where all that voltage comes from.

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  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 11th September 2008

    These facts are very good and it helped us with alot of our homework. I am in a science quiz at school and these facts will help me alot.

    Your website is very helpful and it will help us alot with our science quiz.

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  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 18th September 2008

    Yeah really good facts , please don’t stop

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 15th August 2009

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    good wishes..

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 16th September 2009

    thats kinda cool

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 8th October 2009

    this isnt good facts i got a 1 on my report.

  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 9th January 2010

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  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 3rd March 2010

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  • User Points: Not A Member
    Posted on 21st April 2010

    thx for thu info

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