Electric Eel Debuts at New York Aquarium

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011  |  Updated 7:21 AM EDT
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A new electric eel is adding a jolt of fun to the New York Aquarium.

A new electric eel is adding a jolt of fun to the New York Aquarium.

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A new eel is adding a jolt of excitement to the New York Aquarium.

The eel lives in the aquarium's Explore the Shore exhibit, where it enjoys dining on shrimp and capelin fish.

According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, electric eels are native to South America freshwater. They use their electricity for navigation and protection, typically with pulses of more than 650 volts.

That's five times the power of a wall socket.

The aquarium in Coney Island is open every day at 10 a.m.; admission is $14.95 for adults and $10.95 for children 3-12.

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