Hi Everyone! If you’re wondering about the title; you remember how I said that I would share that story, but needed to research something first? Well here’s that little story:
It was cloudy afternoon and right before dinner my dad, Maggie and I decided to go for a walk. We walked down the road to a small bridge and decided to go further to a second bridge down the road a bit. Not a very hard walk and it was rather nice. As we stood on the bridge looking down in the water, we saw something small and thin swimming very fast. Maggie was the one who pointed it out: “What is that?” At first I thought it was a tadpole or a baby bullfrog, but dad said “I think that’s an eel!” And we all ran to the other side of the bridge, hoping to see it again. I wasn’t looking in the right place and missed seeing it dive into deeper waters, but it got me interested. It was a small one, only about 7 – 8 inches long, just a little guy, but I never knew there had been eels in Minnesota. That was the surprise I mentioned. The lesson?… I decided to do a little research…
(picture found at: http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/region/3756527-7-odd-animals-call-minnesota-home)
The little guy in the picture is about how big the one we saw was. This is an American Eel, they go to the Sargasso Sea in Autumn to breed (and die soon after) and when the eggs hatch the babies are transparent and look similar to a willow leaf. The babies go to the freshwater found along the Atlantic Coast. It could take as long as 20 years to reach the headwaters. The Adults have long, cylindrical bodies that resemble a snakes. They have a very long fin that runs from the dorsal side to the pelvic area. They eat fish, frogs, and bugs but they, themselves can be eaten by larger fish or fish-eating birds or mammals. When they return to the Sargasso Sea, their bodies turn “blackish-bronze, their eyes enlarge, they fatten and develop a thicker skin, and their digestive tract degenerates.”
This is just a little bit of information that I found at http://www.nature.org/newsfeatures/specialfeatures/animals/fish/american-eel.xml. What other info can you find about these odd little creatures?
That’s all for now! Bye!