How many people get electrocuted by eels yearly?



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    This stat is very hard to come by, and I could not find a figure for you.  This is due to the shock of an electric eel very rarely killing humans.  The shock does pack a wallop (typically 600 volts, 5 times the US wall socket voltage) however unless it repeatedly shocks an animal as large as a human it will not cause death.  If people are not dying because of the shock and there are no long term ill-effects from the shock, then reporting the incident becomes unnecessary.

    Eels use their shock to stun their prey, making it easier to kill and consume, and they also use it to ward off threats.  A human is not prey in the eyes of the eel, therefore unless it is being attacked, the shock would be a defensive shock.

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