Swimming 6,000 km for sex
Exhausting, right? To spawn, eels first need to cross the entire Atlantic Ocean. From the Netherlands they swim to the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda. Read more
Threats to baby eels
The tiny eels hatch in the Sargasso Sea and drift all the way across the Atlantic Ocean back te Europe. This journey can take up to three years! Read more
Beware of poachers
As the young eels make their way to freshwater poachers try to catch them. They stuff the baby eels into suitcases and smuggle them to Asia. Read more
When the glass eel reach Europe they have difficulties entering the rivers and lakes becaus of dams, locks, weirs and hydropower stations. Read more
Dangers of inland waters
The eels that make it into Europe's inland waters also face the risk of being injured and killed by boat propellers or caught by fishermen. Read more
The European countries have agreed to improve the status of the eel stock. However, many member states fail to hold up their end of the deal. Read more
Eels are not that huggable
The eel is more endangered than the koala. However, eels are a lot less huggable. This is why eels could use your support! Read more
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