Scientists discover electric eels are a lot more powerful than we previously thought

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More than 200 years ago, Alexander von Humboldt, an explorer, claimed to have seen electric eels jump out of water and shock two horses to death. Few believed his story.

A scientist at Vanderbilt University tested the myth and found out Humboldt wasn’t imagining things: Electric eels can, in fact, jump from the water to attack their prey, as you can see in the video above.