EEL

This must be one of the most interesting freshwater fish that we have here in the Eastern Cape and probably in South Africa. We have four known species in South Africa and they all breed in the ocean of Madagascar. The eggs develop into eels called leptocepalli or larval eels. These eels are leave like and float with the current along the African coast until they become glass eels. These glass eels are see trough and they sense the freshwater and move into our rivers and become a darker brownish color. The eels move at night and stay in the freshwater for up to 20 years before they return to the sea to breed and die. Eels can climb up wet rocks and dam walls to get to freshwater. Eels are found in a lot of dams around the Eastern Cape. The dams that are known to me are: Wriggleswade Dam, Xonxa Dam, Waterdown Dam, Kat River, Klipplaat River and Tsomo River.  Eels feed on crabs, snails, fish, worms, dead birds etc. Good bait includes earthworms and strips of a fish fillet. Although eels can be found anywhere in a dam the best places are deep rocky pools or next to cliffs. Eels are best fish for at night. Not much people target freshwater eels and this is mainly due to the fact that these creature are not aggressive fighters. In some parts of the world eels are considered delicatessens and are under threat. In South Africa we have a healthy population, but we still have an obligation to keep it that way. So please practice C.P.R and let’s leave something for our children.

EEL

 

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