Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish
They spawn in the middle of the ocean but spend their adult lives in freshwater. They can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and even cross over land. They are revered as guardians and monster-seducers by New Zealand's Maori, yet are often viewed with disgust in the West. They are a multibillion-dollar business in the Asian food market. They are often mistaken fo...more
James Prosek - from NPR
James Prosek’s Eels is a fascinating look at an unappreciated creature. Did you know that scads of eels migrate from freshwater streams and riv ...more
No kidding… Read it hoping I’d get over my fear, finished it creeped out as ever - and utter ...more
As their children take the ocean currents back
To East Asian rivers from Mariana.
Adults and young both knowingly make their way alone
And through this travel, life is handed down.
For millions of years, birth and death repeats.
It is relentless.
Why do they do these kinds of things?
Why do they choose this hard life?
Why do living creatures live?
Why do living creatures die?
The author is not a poet but a Japanese scientist. The ...more
Now, despite being different than I expected, I did enjoy this book. It follows the quest of the author to learn more ...more
I thought that this would be a "science-lite" book of the sort that I like to read, but it was quite different from that. It was more of an extended musing, a meditation if you will, on what is a truly mysterious fish and how a species so determined to keep its secrets survives when it clashes with what Aristotle called that very human "desire to know." Mr. Prosek pretty much admits that we still do not know -- after millennia of living with eels widespread across our fre ...more
To be completely honest, I found myself highly disappointed with this book.
I expected the book to include much more scientific information than it did. Rather than giving the reader a lot of information about eels, this book chronicles the authors journey around the world "studying" eels. There was a decent amount of information in this book about the cultural significance of eels around the globe, but not a lot of information about the eels themselves.
If I wasn't a huge "eel fan" before, this didn't make me love the guys...they are still super creepy. But they are also fascinating.
Salmon from different rivers are different. They have genetically isolated and differentiated themselves from other salmon from other places. Eels, on the other hand, are basically the same across Europe and across Eastern No ...more
I liked the author's style. This book was mostly about the eel's cultural roles in certain societies (the longest chapters were about New Zealand and Micronesia).
I liked hearing the stories about how the eels relate to the cultures, and also the circ ...more
also the author inserts himself in the narrati ...more
You all know about my interest in the stranger things of the world. Well, Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish about eels was just fascinating and filled all of the requirements I have for a great read: 1. random topic, 2. well written, and 3. easily explained to others. An excellent read, even if you don't think ...more
It's quite readable although somewhat aimless. The author spends time with various folks who deal ...more
Además de datos que no había imaginado sobre las anguilas (nunca pensé en ellas como peces, curiosamente, a ...more
The most engaging parts of the book had to deal with the authors handling of the people he met during his jour ...more