The mystery of eel migration which has puzzled ecologists since Aristotle is about to be solved, the Environment Agency has said as it announced plans to locate their origin.
The critically endangered species travel some 3,700 miles from Europe across the Atlantic Ocean to spawn – but where exactly remains completely unknown.
Researchers claim the eels spawn and die somewhere in the Sargasso Sea, a vast area off the east coast of the United States and north of the Caribbean.
So yes, I know about the migration, and elvers. Catch them in the rivers you do.
And yet I’ve always vaguely – for I’ve not tried very hard at this – thought that the elvers are coming downstream.