Catch of the Day

By John Harrod, Manager, DuPont Environmental Education Center

Today while participating in a school field study at the DuPont Environmental Education Center, a student caught a young Amercian eel at a stage known as an elver.

American Eel. Photo by Lesley Bensinger.
A student holds an American eel elver. Photo by Lesley Bensinger.

The American eel hatches in the ocean waters of the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic between the West Indies and the Azores. It moves from its birth place to mature in fresh or brackish water and then returns to the sea to spawn. American eels range from Greenland to South America, occurring in all major streams along the coastline.  

American eel by Ellen Edmonson and Hugh Chrisp
American eel adult by Ellen Edmonson and Hugh Chrisp

 Join us at DEEC Tuesdays – Sundays at 2pm for a free netting program to see what you can find in the marsh. For more sightings follow DEEC on Twitter.

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