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'Extraordinary' research finds electric eels hunt in packs

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Electric eels have been found to hunt in packs in the first documented case of its kind, which researchers have called an "extraordinary discovery."

(CNN)Electric eels have been found to hunt in packs in the first documented case of its kind, which researchers have called an "extraordinary discovery. "

Scientists working in the Brazilian Amazon River basin were surprised to find a small lake containing more than 100 adult electric eels, which are usually found to be solitary animals, and stunned to see them cooperating to hunt fish, according to a press release from the Smithsonian Natural History Museum on Thursday.

They would work together to push small tetra fish into tight shoals, before hunting parties of up to 10 eels would split from the main group and attack the fish, stunning them.

This behavior is reminiscent of packs of wolves and pods of killer whales, according to the press release, and is novel in electric eels.

De Santana said in the press release there were only nine other species of fish known to hunt in such a way "which makes this finding really special. "

Normally, electric eels use these shocks when they hunt resting fish at night, stunning them so they are easy to eat, but hunting tetras in packs makes sense in some environments.

However, there are likely many places in the Amazon Basin with these characteristics, de Santana told CNN, adding that he saw a small congregation of electric eels during a trip to Suriname in 2018.

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