The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute recently held its second eel outreach day at the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust, Castle Espie.
The event ran in parallel to the annual arrival and entry to freshwater of the transparent juvenile eels, after their long migration from the Sargasso Sea via the Gulf stream and North Atlantic Currents. As it turned out, the first catch came on the morning of the event, having been delayed by two months of near freezing freshwater temperature; the eels sensibly waiting in the sea for spring to warm up.
There was considerable interest in the AFBI display with over a hundred visitors to the stand, and the usual range of obvious and not so obvious questions.
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