When Eels Attack!

Electric eels zap fish and other underwater prey, but what would make them leap out of the water and shock an animal like a horse? Nineteenth-century naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt first described eels emerging from the water to attack horses, and now Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University uses some unique props to reveal shocking insights about the behavior.


Produced by Emily Driscoll

Filmed by Jeff Nash

Narration by Luke Groskin

Alexander von Humboldt voiced by Eric Kuhl

Music by Audio Network

Additional Video by Kenneth Catania Lab

Photos and Images by

Emil Du Bois-Reymond

Otto Roth

Robert Schomburgk


Alexander von Humboldt

Friederich Georg Weitsch

Thanks to

Kenneth Catania

Luke Groskin

Eric Kuhl

David Salisbury

Meet the Producer

About Emily Driscoll

Emily Driscoll is a science documentary producer in New York, New York. Her production company is BonSci Films.

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