The Electric Eel – by Peter Halder

The Electric Eel

by Peter Halder


Electric eel

Electric eel

Growing up as a child, I had often heard about the dangerous electric eel from adults in my neighbourhood since there was the La Repentir Cemetery trench, the Sussex Street trench, the Punt Trench and the Lamaha Canal in the Sussex Street backland.

I swam in the Cemetery Trench, the Sussex Street trench, the Punt Trench regularly as a kid, at Clay, the Paaloff and near Cooper Street, Albouystown and in the Lamaha Canal. I was nipped by a piranha at Clay but to my delight, I never came across an electric eel. I also swam in the Demerara, Essequibo, Berbice, Pomeroon and Ireng Rivers; Kara Kara, Catabuli, Kamuni, and Mahaicony Creeks. Never came across one.

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  • compton de castro  On 10/11/2014 at 7:04 am

    Luckily the electric eel is not one of Guyana s endangered
    species. It has survived the test of time by its inconspicuous
    habitat …Guyana many great rivers …
    Until restaurants introduce it as a delicacy on their menus.
    Then hopefully laws will be introduced to protect the species
    if threatened with extinction. Culling of wild life to avoid overpopulation of any species the way forward.
    Doubt if EE has predators that would drive it to extinction.
    Only humans to fear as predators.
    Que sera sera

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