American Eel

American EelAnguilla rostrata

Physical features:
Long silver gray body as adult with extended dorsal fin and small pectoral fins. Body shape and coloration changes throughout life cycle.

Habitat:
In fresh water streams and lakes but move to salt water to spawn. Prefer heavy shelter such as undercut banks and deep rocky pools.

Diet:
Insects, fish, worms, frogs, clams

Fun facts:
American eels are a catadromous fish (travels from fresh water to salt water to spawn) found throughout North and South America. In the Great Lakes region, American Eels are typically female as male eels inhabit brackish waters of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Adult eels swim together to the Sargasso Sea, off the coast of Florida to spawn.