Description: Anguilla anguilla<br><br>
UK Record 11lb 2oz S. Terry Kingfisher Lake Ringwood, Hants<br><br>
Irish Record weight: 6lb 15oz Lough Droumensia, Bantry, Cork. 1979.<br><br>
Freshwater eels are long with snake-shaped bodies. They have large, pointed heads and their dorsal fins are usually continuous with their caudal fins and anal fins, to form a fringe lining the posterior end of the body. They have small pectoral fins to help them navigate along river bottoms. Their scales are thin and soft.
Location: Eels are often found beneath large stones or buried in the mud or hiding in weedbeds. It is here that they search out bloodworm and other insect larve. Another favorite eel haunt is below weirs and millpools where they search among a the acumlated debris
Distribution: There a few waters in Europe that do not have any eels as they can even cross over land on damp evening and mornings.