Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Eel Report

Opening statement
The scientific name for eels is Anguilliformes.Eels are referred to as Tuna in maori.They are known as freshwater fish there are two main types of eels longfin and shortfin.There are less eels today because of the loss of wetlands and historical commercial fishing practice.Image result for freshwater eels

When the eels are small, they have relatively smooth heads but when they grow up there head becomes bulbous, with a prominent muscular dome behind the eyes.Eels have slippery skin to make them slip out of there hands.When eels begin life, they are a tiny one millimetre in length. During their life, they can grow up to two metres long.

Longfin eels can  only breed once, at the end of their life. When eels are ready to breed they leave New Zealand and swim all the way to the  Pacific Ocean to spawn, probably in very deep spots.


Longfin eels you can find them throughout New Zealand.Eels  live  in rivers and inland lakes but eels can be found in almost all types of waters, usually well inland from the coast.

Longfin eels can live up to 25 to 80 years old until they breed then the female eel dies but the shortfin eels live up to 15 to 18 years old.But you shouldn't eat longfin eels because they got toxic inside of them so it is very dangerous to eat longfin eels.