View Full Version : Native Eel Slaughter

11-23-2012, 07:04 AM

I was alerted to this today... it happened at a local wildlife reserve and petting zoo just down the road from me which keeps various native animals. They have this pond full of large New Zealand Longfin Eels which you were able to hand feed. I am absolutely and utterly disgusted. I don't understand how or why there are such horrible people in the world.

NZ Longfin Eels are NZs only native Eel and are an endangered species, growing to up to 6 feet over their 100 year + lifespan. They are the slowest growing species of eel in the world and are very slow reproducers, as they breed only once at the end of their lives. They are amazing fish which will travel long distances over land to reach water or even find food. Longfin Eels are starting to show up in gourmet pet food in the US, labeled as "unagi" or "wild and delicate New Zealand eel - from New Zealand's pristine streams and lakes", as unfortunately it is legal to fish them commercially.

And here's a video of Jeremy Wade with some NZ eels. He makes them out to be bloodthirsty killers but they are nothing of the sort (unless you are a duckling).

One day, I would love to have a huge pond on my property filled with Longfin Eels.

11-23-2012, 07:12 AM
That's sickening >.< People disgust me sometimes. Hopefully they catch the slaggers who did that

I remember that episode of River Monsters, and I remember thinking how cool those eels were.