“This is like basically as big as they get,” said Jace Tunnell, who came upon the giant fish on Mustang Island in Nueces County. “This thing is massive.”
In the clip, the marine conservationist goes on to explain that eels are usually small and used as fishing bait, so this find was out of the ordinary. He also assumed it to be a female, since those are usually larger.
The American eel is listed as endangered, which he said is due to the building of dams in the rivers that they inhabit.
“Whenever all the dams and stuff started coming in, the life cycle of these fish, of going up the rivers, coming down the rivers, and going way out in to the ocean to be able to have their eggs,” he said. “With those dams on the rivers, really, they weren’t able to do the things they normally do.”
Facebook users expressed their fears of the slimy, snake-like animal, with comments such as, “Nightmare time,” “Hope I don’t see one” and “Just think I used to swim in the Gulf!”
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