The decline of the eel

Guardian: There are six of them, writhing lazily at the bottom of Darryl Clifton-Dey's plastic tank. "Weird" doesn't, frankly, do them justice: small, beady eyes; big ugly snout. Sinuous, slimy; even on a sunny morning on the banks of the Thames, faintly sinister. Beasts of legend and bad dreams. Even lightly sedated, one half-hearted wriggle and they slide effortlessly out of your grasp, a powerful ripple of grey-green and silver. Their skin is extraordinary, like liquid velvet. It's not widely known that......

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