It is very rare for a human to die from an electric eel attack but it does happen every now and then. Electric eels are actually closer in relation to carp or catfish than other eels. Eels use their electric-like shock when they are attacking prey or feel threatened by a predator. Their bodies have 6,000 specialized cells, called electrolytes, that act as very small batteries. If a human suffers multiple shocks from an electric eel they may drown, even in shallow water, because they will suffer from respiratory and heart failure.
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