The only other bottom-feeding fish that I will mention is the eel. This is the strangest fish inhabiting fresh water and appears to be the connecting link between the fishes and something else. It is long, slender and cylindrical, usually being about two and a half feet long and only one and a half inches in diameter at the thickest part. The dorsal, anal and candal fins are all in one, commencing about the middle of the back and running clear around the tail to the underside and well forward. It has no scales, but a very tough skin. The color is slate on the back and white beneath Some are yellow on the sides and in under.
Contrary to the rule of sea-going fish the eel breeds in salt water and sojourns in the fresh streams in summer. They frequently go up stream 500 miles from the sea, perhaps farther. When found in clear streams they are excellent food fish.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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