The Eels’ Mysterious Journey

1 x 48 min

The eels on the tropical South Sea Island of Gaua live in paradise, safe in a deep crater lake that is fed by an active volcano and full of freshwater shrimp. But in order to reproduce, they have to get to the sea. They have to run the gauntlet. After a 120-metre dive over a waterfall, they face fishermen with metal hooks, keen to spear them and drag them out of the river; hungry sharks lurking on the reef; and an exhausting migration of nearly one thousand kilometres into the blue expanse of the South Pacific, 800 m down, in icy temperatures and without food. The survival of these migratory fish hangs in the balance. No one knows what the tiny eel larvae eat in the sea and so they can’t even be bred in the laboratory.

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