If we said “name the weirdest, most mystical & inexplicable creature on earth” you would rightly say “80s English footballer Peter Beardsley”. But pause for a moment to consider instead the ‘umble eel, a fish(ish) so unknown and unknowable that no human has observed one shagging in the wild. In fact no-one’s totally sure that they even DO shag in the wild. A bit like Peter Beardsley.
It’s an astonishing tale, the eel’s, at the heart of which is a simple question that’s confounded thinkers big and small for centuries: where do eels come from? Mad cap attempts to find out have been almost as wild as the fact that people like eating the poor sods in a ‘jelly’ of their own skin and sweat.
We delve into the deliciously, reassuringly bonkers story of the eel and its origins, a story that in October 2022 partially revealed itself to modern science. Which doesn’t strike us as a necessarily good thing.
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