Electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) is a well known dangerous animal, it often appears in action movies as an antagonist’s pet. Even, sometimes these criminals to punish someone with a plunging a person to aquarium which is filled with electric eels, and then the person is dead, instantly. Is it true? Does electric eel can cause death?
The answer, is yes. Electric eel, which is actually classified as fish, can produce 600 volts of electricity when feeling threatened or in order to kill its prey. You can compare it with 110 volts of electricity used to power your microwave at home. Besides producing the electricity voltage, electric eels can also produce an electric current of 1 ampere. therefore, the electric power generated amounted to 600 watts. A sufficient power to illuminate a home. a power which is enough to cause death, Isn’t it?
Electric eel can be found in the Amazon river in Brazil, Venezuela and Peru. There is usually at the bottom of a muddy river. Electric eels can reach a body length of 2 meters long and weighing 45 pounds body weight.
How do electric eels produce electricity?
Electric eel has two main organs that is responsible for generating the strong electricity. These organs are Hunter’s Organ and Sachs Organ. The organs consists of electrocytes, they have a special shape so that electrical current can flow and create a strong electric voltage, which power can make an adult man died at themoment.
The workings of this organ is similar to the way batteries work, which has elektric stacked plates to produce a charge. Electric organ owned by the electric eel, has a 5000 to 6000 electroplaques Stacked, which can produce electric current of 600 watts, which can be removed at any time when needed.
Electric eel as a pet?
What sould you do if you want to make an electric eel as a pet? You need a special knowledge, how to hold the animal with your own hands safely. how? The answer is so easy, just keep interrupting electric eel to power up them, just like a battery. After that, you can catch these dangerous animals safely. it is so simple, right? However, do not take too much time to cacth the eel after the its power is up. Unlike battery that your child may have to make his robot could walk, the electric eel may recharge its power by its self.