Scientists discovered a new species of electric eel. It is the most shocking creature in the world. It was discovered in the Amazon. It can give someone an 860-volt electric shock. This is eight times stronger than the electricity in the wall socket of an American home. Appliances in America need just 110 volts of electricity. The eel is 2.4 meters long and weighs 45kgs. It has enough power to give a human a severe electric shock. It is possible it could kill a human. The scientists wrote in a journal that the eel is "the strongest living bio-electricity generator".
Scientists said they actually found two new species of electric eel. The 860-volt eel is grabbing the headlines because of its power. Until these recent discoveries, scientists believed there was only one electric eel in the world. A researcher said we will find more new species. He wrote: "If you can discover a new 2.4m-long fish after 250 years of exploration, can you imagine what remains to be discovered in that region?" He added: "The discovery...in Amazonia, one of the planet's biodiversity hot spots, [suggests a] vast amount of species that remain to be discovered in nature."