Electric eels leap to deliver painful, Taser-like jolt


The electric eel has always been noted for its impressive ability to shock and subdue its prey. It’s recently become clear that electric eels also use a clever trick to deliver an intense, Taser-like jolt to potential predators: they leap from the water to target threatening animals, humans included, above water. Now, a researcher has measured (and experienced) just how strong that jolt can be.