See a Gator Bite an Electric Eel With 860 Volts

Written by Angie Menjivar
Published: October 24, 2022
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Maybe you’ve accidentally (or mischievously) tinkered with some low-voltage items like batteries or even an electric dog collar. The jolt you feel is frightening but not deadly. Consider a 9-volt battery. It’s often found in homes and can power toys and other electronic items. Now, consider what 860 volts could power. That’s how much power an electric eel can generate!

Typically, alligators are feared in the wild. They can easily grow to thirteen feet long and weigh over 1,000 lbs. When they’re in the water, they can swim up to 20 miles per hour with their tails serving as their propellers. When their mouths open up to chomp down on prey, it’s highly unlikely the prey can fight back — or get away.

This video explains that electric eels aren’t actually eels. They’re part of the knife fish family and are more closely related to a catfish or carp than a traditional eel. Electrophorus volti can produce up to 860 volts of power, allowing them to stun and kill their prey. The video goes on to explain how the eel’s body is capable of producing such strong currents of electricity.

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Electrophorus volti can produce up to 860 volts of power, allowing them to stun and kill their prey.

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The eel can magnify the electric charge it produces by slithering up and out of the water, pressing its chin against whatever creature has sparked its interest, be it a human or alligator, or something else. The video shows a German shepherd trying to take a bite out of an electric eel on a dirt trail just outside the water. The poor dog squeals and whimpers as it walks away, recovering and humiliated.

Then, the part you’ve been waiting for: the electric eel vs. the Amazon caiman. Sometimes, the warning pulses of the electric eel keep alligators from attempting an attack. They stop, convulsing for a few seconds, then gather themselves and retreat from this high-voltage creature.

However, there are instances when the Amazon caiman decides to take a bite out of an electric eel — that’s the kind of decision that calls for immediate regret. You watch as an alligator does just that; bites first and asks questions later. The alligator’s jaw locks shut on the electric eel, and they get stuck in a shocking stalemate.

With its jaw locked shut on the electrifying eel, the alligator’s muscles spasm wildly until its heart eventually stops. It doesn’t even get its last meal.

Watch as this electrifying eel triumphantly takes on a huge alligator.

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Angie is a writer with over 10 years of experience developing content for product and brand reviews, focusing much of her time on animals of all types. A cat owner herself, she enjoys writing articles on beloved pets that both inform and entertain her audience.

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