Mar 16, 2008

Getting Lippy

You're looking into the lippy face of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla). These freshwater eels are under threat. Their population looks to be down 90% since the 1970s, though it seems there isn't a consensus in the scientific community as to why (or any single cause).

As a side note, their young are so transparent that you can read a "newspaper through them". My little brother, who hasn't seen the sun since he discovered the PS3, is nearly as see-through.

Thanks for the link, Ida.

Photo source: BBC

2 comments:

kyrraven said...

Isn't eel pie a major European delicacy? That might account for their dwindling numbers... That or they've had more encounters with mirrors, and died of horror due to their own ugliness.

Kathleen said...

little baby glass eels.