A-Zoo – Electric eel animated gif

Remember that one time the writers of Eastenders started using more Cockney Rhyming Slang and replaced Ian Beale with an electric eel? No? The same episode in which Nana Moon was replaced with a baboon. Still no? Ofcom received 1 million complaints because the baboon went mental and mauled the rest of the cast.

Anyway, I’m not ‘ere to ramble; I’m here to teach you kids some hard #facts. It’s time yet again for A-Zoo. A weekly segment where I impart my VAST knowledge of the animal kingdom to the social media generation through the power of GIF.

So, as you might’ve figured, this week we’re looking at the ‘electric eel’.

Electric eel from memory

Electric eel from memory


The electric eel is the only animal in the world whose body is entirely made of electric. Scientists speculate there were more eels, like the ‘fire eel’. But these were pretty much wiped out immediately because they lived in… water. Obviously. It is possible there was also a ‘water eel’, but there’s no way to tell. You could be drinking one right now.

Nikola Tesla, Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system, was best friends with an electric eel called Eric. Supposedly, Nik started experimenting, creating different sources of electricity. As he felt bad using Eric to power his Gameboy (fun fact, in the olden days the computing hardware needed for a Gameboy was roughly the size of a semi detached bungalow).

If you ever wonder what an electric eel tastes like, coat a 9 volt battery in fish paste and lick it.*


Coming up next week

Next week: clue, they have long legs. Yes, it’s a flamingo animated gif

by Jack Purling

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