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When Eels Attack!

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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. CREDITS 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