How do electric eels stun prey when lightning striking the water doesn't seem to kill fish?
When lightning strikes ocean/other water body, it spreads out over conducting surface. Penetrates down & can kill fish in nearby region, says Don MacGorman, physicist at National Severe Storms Lab (NSSL). Eel has tail +ive charge, head -ive charge and puts both on prey at same time to stun.
Updated on Thursday, February 02 2012 at 10:34PM GMT