Amer­i­can Eel


The Amer­i­can Eel has a long body that looks an aw­ful lot like a snake’s body. But don’t mis­take it for a rep­tile! The Amer­i­can Eel is ac­tu­ally a fish — a fish that looks like it needs a bit of den­tal work. Its lower jaw is quite a bit longer than its up­per jaw which makes it look like it’s got a bad un­der­bite. It may not be a looker, but the Amer­i­can Eel has big­ger fish to fry than these days. This fish has a huge mi­gra­tion. It spawns (re­leases its eggs) in the Sar­gasso Sea near the Ba­hamas, and tiny ju­ve­nile (young) eels drift across the ocean then swim back up the St. Lawrence and Ot­tawa River. But its num­bers are drop­ping fast. The Amer­i­can Eel used to be the most com­mon fish you’d find in the Ot­tawa River! But now it’s be­come re­ally rare be­cause dams are block­ing it from mi­grat­ing.

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