Here's what happens when you catch a wolf eel and try to hang on for the picture.
The wolf eel is not your average catch when out for a day of fishing, in fact it's really not a true eel, but a fish. This is partly due to the fact the they have a pectoral fin behind their head, essentially making them a long, skinny fish.
So what happens when an angler makes a rare catch of one? Well, you take some pictures, that's what. But don't expect this 'fish' to take kindly to that fact and just sit still for the photo-op.
All we'll say is that it's a good thing for video, because this is one wolf eel that's not too happy about being pulled from the water. Enter an enterprising fisherman named Tanner to try and make it all work with a fish that's as greasy as a stick of butter.
Good luck with that, Tanner.
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According to the Seattle Aquarium, "Adult wolf eels prefer enclosed spaces. They make their homes in dens--caves or crevices on rocky reefs or pilings, sometimes competing with octopuses for desirable living space!"
Wolf eels mate for life. The average adult female will lay as many as 10,000 eggs that will mature in about 15-weeks while both of the pair guard them with their lives.
Knowing what voracious eaters Wolf eels are, it comes as no surprise that they prey on things like crabs, sea urchins, snails, abalone, mussels, clams and various fish. Even though they are an uncommon catch of fishermen, it still happens from time to time.
Just know that if you land one, you will have your hands full like Tanner here!
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