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Eel, Common Saltwater ( anguilla anguilla) Record

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EEL, COMMON SALTWATER / ANGUILLA ANGUILLA
4 8 1.56 3.7 Southampton England 250498 G. Hazel
AT AT 2.05 4.8 Rade de Boulogne France 201090 J. Woillez
SH AT 1.56 3.7 Southampton England 250498 G. Hazel

The Eel, Common Saltwater ( anguilla anguilla)

has a long snake like body with small scales embedded in the skin.The dorsal fin starts on the back some way behind the gill slits and small pectoral fins and runs the length of the body. At the tail the dorsal fin merges with the ventral fin, that runs along the underside of the body. Immature individuals have a dark brown back and yellowish, sometimes golden sides and belly; as they grow older the back turns almost black and the belly silvery

Eel, Common Saltwater ( anguilla anguilla)Before they attain sexual maturity the European Eels live in rivers throughout Europe and in North Africa. In fresh water they grow very quickly and when ten years old the females, for instance, measure 70-90cm; both sexes reach sexual maturity at between five and ten years old, make their way to the river mouth and then swim together to their spawning grounds, which are assumed to lie in the Sargasso Sea between the Bermudas and the Bahamas.

European Eels are highly prized for the excellent quality and flavour of the moist, boneless flesh. They are caught in trawls and on long lines in the sea.

 
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