Published: September 2010



Mystery Travelers

They spend decades in rivers and lakes, then cross oceans and spawn in secret.

By James Prosek
Photograph by David Doubilet

As a kid, I encountered eels more often in crossword puzzles or Scrabble (a good way to unload e's) than in the wilds near my Connecticut home. But in the flesh, when my friends and I caught them by mistake on fishing outings, they were alien and weird, unnameable things—snakes, maybe, or what?—and we were afraid to retrieve our hooks from their mouths.

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