Drawn to Quebec: An eel is an eel is an eel, or is it?

Illustration by Bethann G. Merkle

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Photo: Illustration © Bethann G. Merkle, 2015

A highlight of Dr. Scott Pavey’s eel research was fishing for juvenile glass eels - in pitch dark, at midnight on a full moon - in a St. Lawrence tributary. Illustration by Bethann G. Merkle developed with permission from photographer/Department of Fisheries and Oceans researcher Roberta Miller.

American eels (Anguilla rostrata) are from "the most ancient lineage of fishes," a characteristic that "makes them full of surprises" for scientists, according to Université Laval researcher Scott Pavey. As Pavey explained, "There is only one population in the entire species of American eels.