The electric eel has the ability to produce powerful electric charges. The intensity charges emitted vary by the size of the eel. Smaller eels can produce charges of up to 100 V while larger eels can produce charges of 450 to 650 volts of electricity. This voltage is five times the voltage that comes out of a regular walll socket, and is strong enough to injure or even kill a human.
It is possible to go into cardiac arrest at electric currents around half an amp, or 0.5 amps. An electric eel can produce a shock with a current of around one amp, which could put a person into cardiac arrest and kill them — if they were subjected to the shock for several seconds.
Although human deaths from electric eels are rare, they have happened. Eels can produce more than 600 volts of electricity at a time. Electric eels mainly use this to stun their prey or dissuade predators. Their bodies contain electric organs with up to 6,000 specialized cells called electrocytes that store power like tiny batteries. When an eel discharges their electricy, all those cells discharge simultaneously, emitting a burst five times the power of a standard U.S. wall socket. Multiple shocks can cause respiratory or heart failure, and people have been known to drown in shallow water after a stunning jolt.
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