It’s True: Electric Eels Can Leap From the Water to Attack

June 6, 2016 - Electric eels leaping from the water deliver a more powerful shock to an animal they perceive to be a threat than when they're underwater, according to research by Vanderbilt University biologist Kenneth Catania. Video footage demonstrates the defensive behavior in slow motion with the aid of an artificial arm and prop crocodile head outfitted with LEDs. This study confirms a claim about the higher-voltage stings of leaping eels made in 1800 by the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. Courtesy Vanderbilt University, original URL: