One scientist’s truly shocking quest to understand eels (POPULAR SCIENCE)

Naturalist Alexander Humboldt famously observed electric eels jumping up to attack horses in 1800, but for some reason the “wild terror in their sparkling eyes” did not inspire him to test those shocks out on his own skin. That dubious honor belongs to Kenneth Catania, a biologist at Vanderbilt University, who recently put his own anatomy through several excruciating experiments.

“I believe in collecting data when possible,” says Catania. “I had to put my arm where my mouth was.”

Read more at Popular Science. 

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