Eel.

Eel. Richard Schweid.

London: Reaktion Books, 2009. Octavo, paperback, illustrations.

Reaktion Animal Series. Chronicles all aspects of eels: from their natural history to their market value; their occurence in art and literature and their present threatened status. The eel is considered by many to be currently on the road to extinction, and despite repeated attempts to farm them, and the expenditure of huge amounts of time and money, eels have steadfastly refused to reproduce successfully in captivity, apparently requiring the vastness of the open ocean to begin their long drift toward maturity. Containing many little-known facts about this rather surprising fish, this book will appeal to anyone who enjoys well-written natural history, or who would like to learn more about an animal that deserves much more attention than it has received to date. Other titles in this animal series are available.

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