Large Electric Eels can deliver up to 860 volts of electricity. This is usually enough to deter most animals from trying to eat it, but when this Alligator attacks one, it is unable to release it due to the shock. Eventually killing the eel and itself in the process.

Large Electric Eels can deliver up to 860 volts of electricity. This is usually enough to deter most animals from trying to eat it, but when this Alligator attacks one, it is unable to release it due to the shock. Eventually killing the eel and itself in the process.

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That's a river of nightmares


Seriously where is that so I can uh.. never go there.


Brazil, Amazon forest


Oh thank God, we'll have burned all of that shit down in like five years, crisis averted.


Yeah but this is in the water, which is rising..


Oh no... no no no, not the eels... this is not the Waterworld I want wanted


It is in Brazil, 100% certain. Probably in the Amazon forest.


That makes sense that he was speaking Portuguese, it sounds like I should understand it but I can't. (I speak a little spanish)


I speak very little Spanish, but based on that, I think he said "I never saw this in my life" towards the end.


Yep - in Spanish I heard it as: Que impresionante, nunca en mi vida había visto esto.


As a fellow kind of Spanish speaker this is exactly how Portuguese sounds to me too.


i'd guess amazon forest


People joke about Australia but I consider South America to be the most terrifying continent solely because of the Amazon. It’s not just that you die, you die miserably before being consumed by the jungle. I saw a documentary about a village on the river and the people were talking about the children they’ve lost to piranhas, it was chilling as fuck.


The problem.with the jungle are not the piranhas. You get poisonous/vemnomous animals (snakes, ants, spiders, frogs...), jaguars, wild pigs, anacondas, caimans. Then you get the parasites, the infections, the mosquitos


Pretty much the same thing happens out in the Bush. You bake and die a slow death.


Much the same for Kruger - we had some close calls with elephants from a camp slightly further out the way. It doesn't rest well knowing that you could be bleeding to death in a rolled and stomped vehicle potentially not being found for weeks. If you're lucky enough to phone out for help, they still have to somehow get to you which wont be a few minutes either. If you have to walk anywhere, you're potentially going to get naturenom'd anywhere from the door of the vehicle to miles away in the plains - where you'd never be seen or heard from again. The flat open plains of the park really made me feel like an insignificant spec of shit - so much so that when it came to driving the Sani, I had come to terms with the very possible outcome that I coule easily go over a hairpin backwards and into the abyss and be dead before the vehicle stopped bouncing down the mountain.




Highly conductive




Guilty as charged.


Well, that's a shocker.


*Angrier Upvoting Intensifies*




Gator couldn’t resist


Gotta amp up the puns


Ohm my god! Stop


Mutual destruction, the way nature intended.


Weird how animals can actually shock you. Imagine this skill on any land animal, is it possible? Like 100000000 years from now electric elephanturtles


I wonder if dragons were real and these eels weren't, if we'd have fictional electric animals


Honestly if I was an alien and somebody told me about electric eels, small firebreathing dragons wouldn't be to crazy sounding.


i got my jumper cables, son..


Hi Dad! -/u/rogersimon10. (Holy fuck, it's been 5 years. RIP u/rogersimon10)


god it makes my heart hurt just looking at it.


u/papasimon10 Maybe you can elaborate?


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Water is A more convenient medium then air




What he said


That eel is a Sith Lord


When the croc bites your eye With his teeth and you die That’s a moray


Put your hand in a crack And you don't get it back That's a moray


Eels will sting, zing-a-ling-a-ling, zing-a-ling-a-ling And you'll sing, what the hella!




so.....basically an eel and a alligator for a free lunch for the human doing the watching.....sheesh, what's that like....$300, $400 worth of alligator?


The guy could've walked away from that with morally acquired eel skin alligator boots.


A good MMORPG has free loot like that.


New boot goofin


This has to be the most damn that’s interesting post I’ve seen


It is , I never knew this could happen. But also I’m really sad. I couldn’t stop watching and now I wish I had stopped


Watched it with no sound it was no problem Showed my wife and sister in law with the sound on and the sad splashing bummed us all out.


Yeah I feel real bad for both of them :/


One time I found a dead dragonfly holding a dead bee. The bee's head had been mostly ripped off, but the stinger had got the dragonfly E. Found the picture https://www.reddit.com/r/natureismetal/comments/pu9mk7/failed_predation_of_honeybee_by_dragonfly/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share


Dragonfly’s have a 99% hunt success rate. The highest in the animal kingdom. 🥲


Nature's Helicopters


Helicopters are people's dragonflies. we copied dragonflies.


Look what they need to mimic a fraction of our power. - Dragonfly Sr.


Takes me forever to catch a banded dragonfly for some bells


Acnh reference, take my free award


In one study, dragonflies were observed to have up to a 95% success rate in capturing prey. For comparison, lions have about a 25% success rate.


If memory serves, the animal with the highest success rate is actually a type of turtle which hunts jellyfish. As the jellyfish has no way to survive an attack other than never being found by the turtles, every time a turtle attacks a jellyfish, it succeeds in catching and consuming its target.


What about like a blue whale that eats plankton and basically just has to smile and he eats a zillion of them


The Plankton have learned to tell the whale it will always be a disappointment to its parents to stop it smiling.


That was…. very depressing. Even I stopped smiling


One less smile for the plankton to be worried about 😎


So what you’re staying is that was one hell of a bee.


Second* leather back sea turtles hunt jellyfish with 100% success rate. But then again it's just floating there so it's kinda hard to fail. But yeah dragonflies are pretty brutal, if one is after you it's game over.


95% success rate, but yes still #1 in the animal kingdom.


Is this guy using the eel as bait to get the gator? There’s something in the eels mouth and it’s in a very weird position as if it was being pulled ashore


Yes, in the sense that he is watching the caiman attack the eel that is caught either by him or someone else that cut their line after accidentally catching it. But it definitely looks like hes enticing it by moving the eel bit. But he definitely did not bait the hook with an electric eel for the purpose of catching the caiman.


>*This season on Swamp People the boys upgrade their arsenal and IT, WILL, SHOCK YOU*




you could bait the food that electric eels eat and now you have a baited electric eel


That would require a master baiter


I’ve never felt more needed


This is (almost) completely off topic, but when I was in the beta club, we all jokingly referred to our members as "betas" because, I mean, why not? We then lovingly called our beta club president our master beta and the teacher just let it happen. Baiting electric eels to then bait caimans is much cooler than our version of a master beta.


He did use the word “peguei” as for caught, captured, got


Looks more like he was fishing and the eel took the hook. Doesn’t want to get shocked so was probably thinking and the croc came up and he started filming. Doubt he was going for either




Ooo girl. Shock me like an electric eel




turn me on with your electric feel


At the end he’s saying “I’ve never seen anything like that in my life” and calling his friend over to see, so I don’t think that was his plan


Can confirm this translation is correct. They are speaking Portuguese from Brazil.


Can confirm this confirmation is correct. They wrote it in English.


Correct he said it twice. If he hooked the eel it was not on purpose


It's a fishing hook. Not sure what he is going to do with them.


Not so fun fact. When the croc bit down on the eel. He is using his complete bite force. When you you get shocked your muscles are contracting. So you are basically using all 100% of your muscle in a death grip. To put in motion this effect. Grab a handle and grip it as tight as you can. Now imagine you are gripping twice as hard and not being able to release. This is what is happening to the croc. Source. I survived a near fatal shocked.


That would explain the cartoon bits where the characters are still gripping into the doorknob as they’re being zapped into the next universe


Yeah I grew up in rural America and that’s what would happen if you touched an electric fence. If the voltage was so high you could just get trapped to it cause you can’t let go.


Thank God for pulses, no idea when they got that idea but its saves lives instead of staying on. My friend's family breaks horses and so has a lot of fences. He gripped it once and let go after the pulse, just to show he could. Yes he's a dumbass.


Back of the hand. Electricity contracts the muscle instantly disconnecting you. Never test an electric fence with the palm of your hand!


grab a bit of grass and wet it with a bit of spit. use THAT to touch the electric fence. you will feel a tingle iirc, i lived near those when i was little


Yeah I would never recommend testing an electric fence with ya hand. Grass is the way I was taught and it hasn't failed me yet.


Yeah, there's always the risk that some macho dumbass has the voltage turned up way higher than it needs to be.


Your penis can't grip, use that?


Speak for yourself


I'm gonna need to see video, for science.


Best advice that I ever learned was on the Ren & Stimpy show... Don't pee on the electric fence!


Um I believe it's don't WHIZ on the electric fence /s


Story behind the shock? (If you don't mind sharing)


Not OP but when I was dumb and 14 I put 2 copper wires in a electrical testing set for school. Hung on that shit for 6 seconds before I was able to release, took me everything I had to let go. Hella scary.


I appreciate that you said near fatal shock and not electrocuted. Since the one happens because of the other (ppl use electrocuted around me the same as shock all the time).


I know it's technically the definition but it is so misused that IMO it might as well mean shocked. Perhaps the problem is that shocked already means "surprised"


I said ooh girl 😩


Shock me like an electric e-uhl.


I said baby girl 🎶Da-dum da-dum dum🎶 Show me how the electric feel


baby girl (justice remix)


I'm crocodile and this is jackass!


Cackled at work thanks


Glad I could make you cackle! Edited from laugh to cackle.


Can anyone translate what he’s saying?


The alligator, it's getting shocked. Nature is Amazing, the alligator is getting eletrocuted, come quickly, come quickly, come watch, I got a big one. Never seen this in my life.


As a Portuguese speaker, I can confirm this translation.


Do you recognize the accent too?




Dude starts whispering Jacaré (Caiman) 0:30ish He is getting electrocuted. 0:49 The Caiman is dying.. 0:50 Nature is incredible..The caiman was electrocuted. 1:04 Hey! Come here! Fast! 1:14-20 Watch this! Come here fast! Come (run!) and watch this! 1:24 Fast! fast! (Can't really figure out what the other guy is saying from far away, maybe "what happened?") 1:31 A Caiman died here! 1:40 This is amazing, I've never seen anything like this. 1:47 Silence, come check this out (I find it hilarious that he says silence after yelling so much lol) 1:51 Dude..that's incredible, I've never seen anything like this. \-What is it? And more of the same! Natives speakers, please feel free to correct me.


The silence bit is meant to say, check out this beautiful nature moment. I cracked up too. Does he say something about grabbing a lasso to pull it in towards the end?


Volts are not an interesting measure in terms of doing harm to an organism. When you scuff your feet on a carpet and get a static electric shock from a doorknob, that’s 25,000 volts. The interesting measure in terms of doing harm to an organism is amps (current). An electric eel can generate up to 1 amp of current at the peak, which is 5-10 times what’s needed to kill a person.


I honestly didn’t realize the shock was lethal. I was wondering what the current was so thanks for the comment.


The eel can control it. Yes believe 1 amp is if they let it all hang out. They can do much smaller bursts.


They actually use the electrical pulses as their own form of echolocation, sending pulses out and reading the response pattern


Damn, so these guys have underwater radar lol.


also another fish known as the elephant fish uses electrical signals to communicate with other elephant fish. recording their electric signals shows definitive pauses and patterns similar to our speech. when one elephant fish is speaking other elephant fish pause their signals. studies also show that elephant fish form the message in their head and then speak it, unlike humans who speak on the fly. this is evident by recording that elephant fish take long pauses if they have a lot to say to their peers. elephant fish also have the larger brain to body mass ratio of all animals, even more than humans


Is that how it could have first evolved and then over time started to be used as a defence mechanism?


I saw that somone downvoted you for asking that question. I just wanted to stop in and say that I have a PhD in biology, and I’d be elated if one of my evolutionary biology students asked that question. It’s a Great question and I don’t know the answer either, but I’ll link some sources that may have it. Your question is a great starter for a deeper conversation, and shows critical thinking about function arising from existing structures. Darwin wondered about eel evolution too :) https://journals.biologists.com/jeb/article/35/1/156/13230/On-the-Function-and-Evolution-of-Electric-Organs https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wired.com/2014/06/electric-fish-convergent-evolution/amp


You sound lovely, teach us evolutionary biology any time dawg


I’m going to look at the anatomy. It must be pretty cool. Btw user name checks out lol.


"Ah, yes. That is a head; you can tell by the placement of the eyes and mouth. That long area must be the body. Mhhmm, yes, and the pointy end, the tail. Quite."


“Shocking, truly.”


Yeah but wheres the goddamn charging port


So does the charge stop completely when they die, or is there residual charge? I’m wondering if that guys family was eating good that night.


Supposedly yes, they can discharge for several hours after death. But I’m no fishologist so maybe don’t quote on me on that.


“Fishologist” made me chuckle violently. Good work.


Pre-cooked too!


You need both the right combination of volts and amps to do harm… it’s not one or the other. It’s both.


To clarify for readers: The reason why we set the threshold in amps is because that's the only thing that stays consistent in the three way tug of war formula. The threshold is misunderstood, and it doesn't help that the whole saying of "its not the volts that kill you, it's the amps!" implies that volts are meaningless... Whether you push an amp with 100,000 across someone's fingernails, or touch a set of jumper cables from a 24 volts battery right to the heart muscle, if you hit the amperage threshold, the heart is gonna have a bad time. Touch a van de graeff generator, and you won't drop dead, despite the potential of 6 digit voltage (freak occurrences aside). So when you see that chart saying how many amps it takes to fibrilate or stop the heart, all it's saying is that if conditions exist to create that current flow, you're probably gonna catch a nasty case of death... It's not supposed to mean that you should only focus on amperage.


Absolutely. Volts are electrical pressure. Amps measure current. One amp is lethal.


0.04A is lethal to humans.


Christ, that number just kept getting smaller 😅


.01 ants is legal.


Through the heart yes.


And yet 100 A at 5 V isn’t going to hurt you. Can’t overcome the impedance of your body enough to do damage. It takes both current and voltage.


To get 100A at 5V you'd have to be a conductor at that point. Voltage is simply Electric potential. All it tells you is the amount of energy that will be generated for every unit of charge that comes through. At the end of the day, the actual flow of electricity (current) will kill you. So, bottom line if 0.04A or whatever the exact number is flows through you you're dead. Voltage is almost irrelevant. Of course, to get 0.04A flowing through you you need a sufficient enough Voltage.


If 100A actually flowed through any part of a human at any voltage they wouldn’t be at all happy.


Correct, but under normal circumstances any amount of current at 5 V would not flow through the human body (at least with dry skin). Dry human skin is somewhere between 90-100 kΩ, so that’s at most 0.000056 amperes going through your body. Though this also depends on frequency.


Ohm my god. He’s using the old magic now.


I'm getting flashbacks of my physics degree classes and I don't like it...


I feel like if this conversation continues, we may only be a few comments away from the legendary debate about car batteries where the guy actually hooked up wires to his balls.


Let's do a modern retelling with a tesla roadster battery pack.


> One amp is lethal. With the caveat that enough voltage is needed to overcome your body's resistance. You can bridge a car battery with your skin, which is thousands of amps, but nothing will happen because 12V won't overcome the resistance of your skin.


So how many volts are required to do that


Depends on a lot of things. If you're sweating then it'll be way way less than if you're completely dry, for example.


And if you have thin skin it's less, if you have calluses then you need more, if you get regularly shocked you actually build up a tolerance to it. If you get a cut you are fucked, if you are dusty that's probably more safe. If there is a good coating of water along the outside of your body that the current can flow through instead of your internal organs then you're safe, like a really shitty damp Faraday suit. That's how people can survive direct lightning strikes with just some cool scars and a headache.




Tell us now what is the doorknobs current?


It depends. European or African?






Eel feel that in the morning.


Probably a cayman. Electric eels are endemic to South America, and there are no alligators there.


It is a Caiman, but I think, technically, they are gators, not crocs. All the "jacarés" in Brazil are from the Alligatoridae family, which is closer to the True Alligators in the US.


Probably because the guy in the video speaks Portuguese and we use the same word (jacaré) for alligator and cayman. Translations for that word to English heavily weight for alligator. Happens often.


Don’t caymans have those narrow snouts?


I guess eel never do that again.


I bet that hertz.




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Thank you man the shaky camera combined with the shaky alligator made me dizzy


Thanks, dude was shaking so much I thought he was getting shocked


electric eels are crazy they have the wildest anatomy


I was thinking about how absolutely nuts it is that this is a real living animal that actually fuckin does this and it makes me wonder what other, if any animals are capable of this/what made eels capable of this


Some bees can swarm a hornet and dance party him to death. They vibrate so much they basically cook their enemy to death. Some shrimp murder their victims by snapping their shrimp fingers really hard like a badass jazz musician. Most animals start eating bigger prey through the asshole first because it's the easiest starting point.


And if they eat the asshole first it makes the rest of the dead animal taste better by comparison.


copy pasting another comment i made on this thread: >also another fish known as the elephant fish uses electrical signals to communicate with other elephant fish. recording their electric signals shows definitive pauses and patterns similar to our speech. when one elephant fish is speaking other elephant fish pause their signals. studies also show that elephant fish form the message in their head and then speak it, unlike humans who speak on the fly. this is evident by recording that elephant fish take long pauses if they have a lot to say to their peers. elephant fish also have the larger brain to body mass ratio of all animals, even more than humans


There are actually quite a few electric animals, including a whole bunch of stingrays and my personal favorite, the stargazers. A kind of fish that is both venomous and electric, and is an ambush predator that waits buried up to its flat upward facing face ready to strike.


So it's a tie.


The gator has the jimmy leg.


Ok but wtf was the eel doing?


You know, eel stuff.


what’s stopping us from having eel farms producing our energy? serious question. would it be possible?


Efficiency and sustainability. Nothing really is at the current human scale, but this would be even worse. Many crazy things work in theory, but cannot be scaled.


Some quick googling and napkin math says 40 electric eels will power a Tesla driving 60mph for an hour before they need to rest.


Eeletric charging station


The energy you have to feed them in food would outweigh the energy you get from the eels. Energy has to come from somewhere.


volatile, not sustainable. ​ sure can produce a shock for an instant, but creating sufficient voltage to power things for long periods of time just isnt feasible.


Fun fact, there is a eel at the Tennessee Aquarium that posts tweets every time it generates a big shock. The tank has a voltmeter connected to a Raspberry Pi which automatically tweets when it reaches a high enough voltage: https://twitter.com/EelectricMiguel https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/life/entertainment/story/2015/jan/16/snap-crackle-tweet-tennessee-tech-helps-aquarium-eel/282710/


\*PETA has entered the chat\*


PETA proceeds to capture all eels but due to funding issues had to put down all the eyes making them become extinct


Probably possible, it’s just that the process of an eel eating food for energy and then shocking is (I would assume) a helluva lot less efficient *and practical* than a specially-designed mechanical source doing the same thing.


Nature's murder suicide.


I wonder if those eels are running on DC or AC current?


Depends on the species and the organs activated. Monophaisc pulses are measured as DC, and bi-phasic pulses are AC.


Literally an example of 'deadlocked'


sheesh, looks like it hertz.


Wow... now I feel fucking terrible.


The dude calls his friend, screaming like hell, when he approaches que asks him to be silent xDD


And he only called him over after most of the action was over. I thought both of those were hilarious.


So the eel kills and cooks the cayman. That’s nice of them!


See you later, alligator....


Ya know, this just made me wonder how tf are electric eels even a thing. Like…they are an Earth species with a superpower other than flight lol