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When Eels Attack!

Electric eels zap fish and other underwater prey, but what would make them leap out of the water and shock an animal like a horse? Nineteenth-century naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt first described eels emerging from the water to attack horses, and now Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University uses some unique props to reveal shocking insights about the behavior.

Produced by Emily Driscoll
Filmed by Jeff Nash
Narration by Luke Groskin
Alexander von Humboldt voiced by Eric Kuhl
Music by Audio Network
Additional Video by Kenneth Catania Lab
Photos and Images by Emil Du Bois-Reymond, Otto Roth, Robert Schomburgk, Shutterstock, Alexander von Humboldt, Friederich Georg Weitsch

Thanks to
Kenneth Catania, Luke Groskin, Eric Kuhl, David Salisbury
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