Eel: The Real Thanksgiving Fish

November 26, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

“In the 17th century, the autumn runs to the saltwater would have been epic, overlapping the hurricane season when an abundance of rainwater swelled the rivers. They moved in great numbers at night, en masse, sometimes forming braids with their bodies to overcome obstacles, or large balls to roll over gravel bars that separate the mouths of rivers from the sea.”
In The New York Times, James Prosek, author of the new Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World’s Most Mysterious Fish, describes why those who celebrate Thanksgiving should give special thanks to the common eel. (Thanks to reader Jon Conner for this link.)