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The Amazing Life of the American Eel - 11/11/14

The life cycle and migratory patterns of eels had scientists stumped until relatively recently. Aristotle once theorized that these long, thin fish were spontaneously generated from the mud of river bottoms. Pliny the Elder thought they developed from adult eel skin that had rubbed off against rocks.

Though the true science behind the eel is more plausible than these ancient speculations, it’s equally fascinating. The story of the American eel, a species commonly found throughout the Chesapeake Bay, is just one example of how these bony fish overcome immense obstacles to survive. Here to share its story is National Aquarium General Curator Jack Cover.

As chief executive officer, John Racanelli leads a team of 600 full and part-time employees and 1,000 volunteers in pursuing the National Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. More than 1.5 million people annually visit the Aquarium’s venue in Baltimore, Maryland, while millions more are touched by the Aquarium’s education programs, outreach activities, social media campaigns and conservation initiatives.