European Eel

Eel, Sea Fish Species


European Eel (Anguilla anguilla)

Average Weight

An average european eel weighs 3.6 Kg (8 lbs)

IUCN Status

CR – Critically Endangered


The European eel has a serpent-like head, with a rounded snout and wide protruding eyes, its body is very long and narrow with a continuous dorsal fin, along with a continuous anal and tail-fin. The colour of the European eel varies dramatically depending on the age of the eel, so much so that younger European eels were believed to be a different species entirely. Generally adult European eels are brown or olive green, although some adults can also be silver, hence why they are also known as silver eels. The European eel has no scales and instead has a covering of slime.

European eels are currently critically endangered due to overfishing, as such if caught they should be released by law.


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