Post Reply What stops the electric eel from shocking itself?
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It doesn't matter.
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Posted 3/30/16
If it relies on it's skin to have a higher resistance then wouldn't it become vulnerable as soon as it gets scratched?
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I was reading on the topic and apparently the discharge doesn't occur inside the "eels" organs but rather gets discharged into the water from the tail or something, water having a higher conductivity to water than the tail or w/e of the "eel". I don't know.

Edit: Sounds like I had researched the idea before I had seen this post; which is untrue. This is what I was reading http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/questions/question/1859/
Posted 3/30/16
Ironic, I was watching something and thought of this very thing, lol.
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Mostly it appears that no one has the slightest clue why such knife fish can cause such sparks in their interpersonal relationships without getting burned. That naked scientists article suggested it's through insulating fat as well as distance to anything really important to the waterborne storm. So it may be that its electric boogaloo is affecting it, but it shakes it off easily.
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