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Sep 11 - Most powerful electric eel ever discovered by scientists
 

 
image Packs of animals living in Amazon ‘work together to surround fish’ before electrocuting and eating them


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A previously undiscovered species of electric eel which delivers a shock with more than three times the voltage of a domestic plug socket has been discovered in the Amazon rainforest.

The enormous 2.5 metre eel has been named the Electrophorus voltai after Alessandro Volta, the Italian physicist who invented the battery.

The animal, a type of knifefish, can discharge an electric shock reaching as high as 860 volts, the most powerful of any animal known to science.

The research by a team from the São Paulo Research Foundation, comprising scientists from the Smithsonian Institute and National Geographic Society, also revealed a further distinct species of electric eel – bringing the planet’s recognised electric eel species up from one, to three.

“It’s quite literally shocking, when you discover new diversity in such an eye-catching fish first described 250 years ago,” lead author of the research paper, Carlos David de Santana, from the US National Museum of Natural History told the New York Times.


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The enormous voltage from the new species was one aspect of how the team split what was previously recognised as one species, into three separate species.

The use of the voltage an animal can produce is a first in taxonomy.

The team also correlated DNA, morphology and environmental data to conclude the animals in question should be reclassified into three species.

The only species of electric eel previously known to science was Electrophorus electricus, which Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus described in 1766.

In addition to E. electricus, now defined as the species living in the northernmost part of the Amazon region, the researchers found sufficient differences to add two new species to the genus: E. varii and E. voltai.

Professor Naércio Menezes, of the University of Sao Paulo’s Zoology Museum, said: “We used voltage as the key differentiation criterion. This has never been done before to identify a new species.”


image During field measurements using a voltmeter, the researchers recorded a discharge of 860 volts, the highest found in any animal, for a specimen of E. voltai. The strongest shock previously recorded was 650 volts.

While the voltage is high, the team said due to the low amperage of the shocks, they are unlikely to be lethal to humans.

In the traditional analogy for understanding measurements of electricity, instead of an electrical wire, imagine a hose pipe. The water is the electricity, and the voltage is the water pressure – set at a certain level whether the tap is on or off. The amperage is the rate at which water flows down the hose pipe when the tap is switched on – this is also governed by the resistance, measured in ohms – the level of which is equivalent to the size of the hose pipe

image According to Dr Santana, who has entered many rivers to collect electric eels for research purposes and been shocked more than once, the discharge is high voltage but low amperage (approximately 1 amp), so it is not necessarily dangerous to humans.

As a comparison, a shock from a power outlet can be 10 or 20 amps.

Nonetheless, a shock from the world’s most powerful electric eel would not be a pleasant experience.

“I remember the first time I was shocked,” Dr de Santana told the New York Times. “I was scared,” he said, adding he had dropped his equipment.

The research team also learned more about the social characteristics of the animals. Electric eels had previously been thought of as solitary creatures, stalking prey on their own under cover of darkness.

They reported that the eels had been observed working together to coordinate their predatory manoeuvres, almost like lions on a hunt, but lions armed with electricity.

“This social behaviour is quite unusual,” Professor Menzes said. “They come together in a school, surround the fish they feed on, release electricity and k*ll it.”

The research is published in Nature Communications
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 4 days ago '15        #2
DamianDragunov 
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Hate to be the first scientist to discover that critter. Hella interesting though.
Nice work OP!!
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 4 days ago '05        #3
Tha TC  71 heat pts71
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It’s the ohms that k*ll you but yeah that’s some wild sh*t
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Shocking
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LuxuriousGreen  3 heat pts3
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Electric lions
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 4 days ago '07        #6
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While the voltage is high, the team said due to the low amperage of the shocks, they are unlikely to be lethal to humans.
Say word? I'd do one of these to that fu*ker

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 4 days ago '05        #7
Flatbush85  65 heat pts65
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The only Eel I acknowledge as a terror.


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 4 days ago '12        #8
daman729  27 heat pts27
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 Flatbush85 said
The only Eel I acknowledge as a terror.


Memories. That game started a whole era.

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 4 days ago '09        #9
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 DamianDragunov said
Hate to be the first scientist to discover that critter. Hella interesting though.
Nice work OP!!

 Tha TC said
It’s the ohms that k*ll you but yeah that’s some wild sh*t

A previously undiscovered species of electric eel which delivers a shock with more than three times the voltage of a domestic plug socket has been discovered in the Amazon rainforest


sticking a key in a outlet when your a little kid isnt fun. i got shocked a couple of times but survived
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 4 days ago '16        #10
Jasvir Gill  210 heat pts210
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Trash sea snake

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Storchaveli  110 heat pts110
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Move, bi*ches.


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 4 days ago '12        #12
ezduzit  9 heat pts9
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nature is amazing
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 4 days ago '05        #13
Tha TC  71 heat pts71
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 messy marv stan said
A previously undiscovered species of electric eel which delivers a shock with more than three times the voltage of a domestic plug socket has been discovered in the Amazon rainforest


sticking a key in a outlet when your a little kid isnt fun. i got shocked a couple of times but survived
Man I dealt with that sh*t on an industrial level and seen a n*gga lose his elbow down due to electrical shock no fun
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 4 days ago '08        #14
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 4 days ago '05        #15
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 cristiansed101 said



sh*t is fu*kING wild...never ceases to amaze me.
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 4 days ago '13        #16
mikejuheard  44 heat pts44
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Electrolytes

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 4 days ago '19        #17
16z 
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Was gonna bring up that gator, he must of been k*lled wit one of these new eels. The dog got up out, his shot was light
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MPC_Pase  1 heat pts1
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 Tha TC said
It’s the ohms that k*ll you but yeah that’s some wild sh*t
It’s the amperage... not the ohms. Ohms is a function of the resistance.
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BXSPAGHETT  1 heat pts1
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 DamianDragunov said
Hate to be the first scientist to discover that critter. Hella interesting though.
Nice work OP!!
Critter? Hella?

I'm guessing you love c*ck

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Tha TC  71 heat pts71
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 MPC_Pase said
It’s the amperage... not the ohms. Ohms is a function of the resistance.
I may be mistaken but I was under the impression the resistance disrupts the regularity of the heart… but it makes sense
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 4 days ago '04        #21
eazyvaboy  80 heat pts80
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 MPC_Pase said
It’s the amperage... not the ohms. Ohms is a function of the resistance.
Came in to say this. Get out ya multimeter and measure the ohms in that resistor.

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 4 days ago '19        #22
Number5  2 heat pts2
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 Storchaveli said
Move, bi*ches.





Last edited by Number5; 09-11-2019 at 09:46 PM..
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 4 days ago '12        #23
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 16z said
Was gonna bring up that gator, he must of been k*lled wit one of these new eels. The dog got up out, his shot was light
i think the gator just hung on and risked it all. it was trying to feed.. the dog was just tryna be tough
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 Jasvir Gill said
Trash sea snake
Doesn’t reside in the sea. Not a snake.
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 daman729 said
Memories. That game started a whole era.

Hell yeah

The bi*ch a*s momma penguin who lost its baby



The bi*ch a*s angry bomb king who always try to knock you off the platform on the lava level



The yellow rabbit you had to catch in the castle



The pain in the a*s water world where you had to lower and raise the water levels



Don’t even get me started on the haunted courtyard and then bi*ch a*s ghosts lurking with your back turned

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