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Scientists discover electric eels hunting in a group: Never-before-seen behavior culminates in a synchronized zap of eels’ prey, raising new questions about how they communicate

Publicado em 15 janeiro 2021
Deep in the Brazilian Amazon River basin, scientists led by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History fish research associate C. David de Santana discovered a small, river-fed lake filled with more than 100 adult electric eels, many of which were upwards of 4 feet long. On its own, this was an intriguing discovery, electric eels — a type of knifefish rather than true eels — were thought to be solitary creatures. But in this lake along the banks of the Iriri River [...]