Eli the eel: A mysterious migration - James Prosek
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Here is a link to the book that I wrote about Joe Haines (Joe and Me) the old game warden, some eel stuff in there.
Here is a link to the book that I spent twelve years working on about freshwater eels (Eels: An Exploration from New Zealand to the Sargasso of the World’s Most Mysterious Fish). It covers regions of the world as various as New Zealand, Micronesia, Japan, New York, Maine, Connecticut and Canada.
Here is a link to a children’s picture book I wrote and illustrated in which one of the creatures is an eel! It’s called Bird Butterfly Eel.
In 2010, I wrote an editorial for the New York Times about why eels should be the symbol of Thanksgiving dinner.
Link to an article I wrote about the fate of eels which are declining in numbers due to the cumulative effects of pollution, dams, disease, overfishing, climate change and a host of other factors
Here is an article I wrote for National Geographic about eels with photos by renowned underwater photographer David Doubilet.
Here is a link to the PBS Nature documentary we made about eels which covers New Zealand, Japan and parts of North America.
Here is a video about me making art with dead eels that died in tanks at my friend’s bait shop.
You can see some of my eels paintings on my website.
Here’s an article about my friend Sherman Goldstein on Martha’s Vineyard who has one of the best collections of old hand-forged iron eel spears. I also collect eel spears.
Here’s an article I wrote in Orion Magazine about my travels to New Zealand to write about the importance of eels in the culture of the native Polynesians, the Maori.
Here’s an article I wrote for the NY Times about an old eel fisherman in the Catskill Mountains of NY State.
Here’s an article I wrote in the NY Times about participating in Swedish eel eating parties.
Want to further test your knowledge? Try answering these questions: What do you call a fish that spawns in saltwater and lives it’s adult life in freshwater? What was the first thing that Squanto taught the pilgrims at Plymouth colony to forage for in the spring of 1621? How big (in dollars) is the international fishery and trade for eels? What country eats more eel meat than any other? Who wrote the first scientific paper on the male reproductive organs (gonads) of the freshwater eel? Eels replace what creature in the mythology of the Maori people of New Zealand as a monster seducer and guardian? In what time period was it discovered that freshwater eels actually spawned in the ocean? Which country has eel eating parties in old fishermen's shacks on the sea where eel is prepared and served up to twelve different ways? Which of these fish is most closely related to freshwater eels?
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