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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

39. Yellow Eel
(Anguilla anguilla)

39. Yellow Eel

Born in the depths of the Atlantic, eels reach our rivers in great numbers as very small wriggling elvers. The Eel is common everywhere in the British Isles, and is found even in landlocked ponds. The growing fish is brown and yellow, and lives hidden in the mud, or in holes, coming out mostly at night or when it is thundery, to feed on any animal matter it finds; fish, frogs, insect larvae, worms, shellfish, etc. Very tasty to eat, stewed, grilled or jellied. Largest rod-caught* 8½ lbs.
*up to 1958.