How strong is the shock of an electric eel exactly? Biologist Kenneth Catania wanted to find out, so he decided to do that by letting the eel shock him.
Normally, electric eels shock the water around them in a charged field that stuns their prey. But they’re actually able to leap at prey above the water to deliver a concentrated shock.
Catania set up a station that had his arm in a separate container of water from the eel. This allowed sensors to guage how strong the shock is.
As terrifying as it sounds to get electrocuted by an eel, Catania said the shock felt about the same as touching an electric fence.