Electric eels actually use their zaps to track down tricky prey

October 22, 2015


It turns out that the zaps of an electric eel are more than just a powerful weapon. After using electric pulses to stun their prey, the electric eels actually use the same electric field as a sort of radar, allowing them to track down their meal without sight or touch. Kenneth Catania, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences and author of the study published this week in Nature Communications, is quoted.