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Eel (Animal)

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When pulled from the mud of creeks, ponds, rivers, or the sea, the eel, with its slick, snake-like body, emerges as an extremely mundane and even unappealing fish. But dont let the appearance fool you—the eel has been one of the worlds favorite foods since ancient Greece, and the eels life cycle is one of the most remarkable on the planet—during the middle ages, impoverished Londoners survived on eel and the eel later saved the Mayflower pilgrims from starvation on American shores.

            In Eel, Richard Schweid chronicles the many facets of these slippery creatures from their natural history to their market value and contemporary consumption to their appearance in art and literature and finally to their present threatened status. So far, eels have steadfastly refused to reproduce in captivity, apparently requiring the vastness of the open ocean to successfully mature—which has imperiled the species long-term survival. Schweid explains that freshwater eels are born in remote ocean depths and make a journey of thousands of miles to fresh water where they spend most of their lives before making a return journey to the ocean to mate and die.

            Well-illustrated and containing many little-known facts about this surprising fish, Eel will appeal to general readers of natural history and others wishing to discover something more about the common unagi on the sushi menu.

About the Author

Richard Schweid is senior editor of Barcelona Metropolitan magazine, and the author of many books, including Consider the Eel; Ches Chevrolet, Fidels Oldsmobile; and Hereafter.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Eel Question

Endangered Eel

Classical Eel

Puritans and Victorians

Sniggling

Cultured Eel, Cultural Eel

Timeline

References

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861894236
Author:
Schweid, Richard
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Fish
Subject:
Animals - Fish
Subject:
Oceanography-Fish
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color plates, 60 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.38 in

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Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Fish
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Ocean and Marine Biology
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » Fish

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