In another groundbreaking discovery, scientists have found one of the most 'shocking' new species of electric eel in the Amazon rainforest.
This eel can generate an electric shock of 860 volts. In other words, it's enough to stun a human being in one go. It is also a little more than the shock that a plug socket delivers.
This makes it the strongest bioelectricity generator to be known in the marine world. They generate electricity from three specialised electric organs that emit charges of varying strengths for different purposes.
According to reports, the enormous 2.5-metre eel has been named the Electrophorus voltai after Alessandro Volta, the Italian physicist who invented the battery.
The research was carried out by team from the Sao Paulo Research Foundation, made up of scientists from the Smithsonian Institute and National Geographic Society.
“In spite of all human impact on the Amazon rainforest in the last 50 years, we can still discover giant fishes like the two new species of electric eels,” said lead researcher C David de Santanars, we can still discover giant fishes like the two new species of electric eels,” said lead researcher C David de Santana
“These fish grow to be seven to eight feet long. They’re really conspicuous,” said David de Santana, the lead author of a study published yesterday in the journal Nature Communications.
For centuries, it was believed that a single species existed throughout the region known as Greater Amazonia, encompassing parts of countries including Brazil, Suriname and Guyana.
The creatures use electricity to stun their prey and have been known to leap out of the water. But it must be noted that their electric sting is not enough to kill a human being.