Leaping Electric Eels Resolve a Centuries-Old Mystery

In his writings, naturalist and intrepid explorer Alexander von Humboldt recounted how natives in Venezuela used horses to lure and trap electric eels. Many scientists thought it was just a tall tale, but a new paper lends credence to Humboldt’s account of eels aggressively leaping up and stunning the horses with a series of high-voltage discharges.

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Watts are power. Volts are electrical potential or electrical potential difference.

A typical household outlet is rated for 15 A at 120 V, which is 1800 Watts. Unless we know the wattage (or amperage) we can’t know the difference in power.  Wikipedia says the Electric Eel can provide up to 860 volts at 1 A. So less than a household outlet. But still very, very dangerous…