The Cutest Eels!
August 27, 2019 3:30 PM   Subscribe

The Strange Life of Garden Eels "Garden eels live a strange life. They anchor themselves to the ocean floor using their own mucus, and contort into strange shapes and positions to catch plankton. Find out more about these weird and wonderful stay-at-home fish." Adorable! (SLYT)
posted by GoldenEel (14 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
 
Oh my gosh they're adorable. That synchronized retract action is just delightful. Nice first post!
posted by cortex at 3:48 PM on August 27 [4 favorites]


The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a small display of garden eels, and they're a joy to watch pop up and down - but you don't get to see their behavior/posture change in the faster current, so thanks for the post!
posted by verschollen at 4:00 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


Reincarnate me now, please. That looks like a lovely way to spend a life.
posted by stirred for a bird at 4:12 PM on August 27 [2 favorites]


So do we have an eponysterical post contest going on that I didn’t know about, or
posted by saturday_morning at 4:13 PM on August 27 [4 favorites]


Lovely! If pressed I might have thought of the name garden eel as in common or garden, but they really do look like they're planted.
posted by readinghippo at 4:24 PM on August 27


And, if you turn the tables on these predators, you get old fashioned pub food:
pie, mash and jellied eels.
posted by Bee'sWing at 4:45 PM on August 27 [1 favorite]


These eels are the perfect intersection of adorable and disconcerting.
posted by just_ducky at 4:58 PM on August 27


Never have I identified more with an eel
posted by Mizu at 5:58 PM on August 27


What charming little noodles!
posted by capricorn at 7:05 PM on August 27


Who out there also make wooooOOOOP noises when they come out, and WOOOOoooooooop noises when they go back in?
posted by blnkfrnk at 7:07 PM on August 27 [3 favorites]


Finally, a cohort who accepts my strategy of anchoring myself in place with a wad of mucus.
posted by ejs at 8:09 PM on August 27 [4 favorites]


So do we have an eponysterical post contest going on that I didn’t know about, or

We do! The postyouranimal tag is the hint. MetaTalk.
posted by ManyLeggedCreature at 4:45 AM on August 28


The aquarium in Tokyo Skytree not only has a bed of garden eels, their gift shop possibly has the world's largest collection of garden-eel plush toys. So many cute eel plush toys.
posted by Umami Dearest at 5:33 AM on August 28 [4 favorites]


There's something really surreal about diving near "fields" of these. You'll see them all waving off in the distance and they slowly start to pull back as you approach, until suddenly you broach some commonly understood minimum acceptable distance and they all retreat into their holes at once.
posted by JaredSeth at 11:25 AM on August 28 [1 favorite]


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