Ohm’s Law

Do electric eels really use electric fields to capture their prey?

Electric eels do indeed set off electrical pulses to stun and even kill their prey. These eels have special nerve endings bundled together in their tails that can produce 30 volts in small electric eels to 600 volts in larger eels. Besides using the electrical shocks for hunting, the eels produce a constant electrical field for use in navigation and self-defense. Most people do not have to worry about encountering electric eels, however. This variety of eel is native only to the rivers of South America.

Birds can perch safely on electric wires, as long as they don’t come into contact with objects that have two different voltages.

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