Ernie the Eel electrifies visitors at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

via Emma for National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

Ernie the Eel electrifies visitors at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham’s resident electric eel, Ernie, has seen his popularity surge following a recent Doctor Who episode.

Episode 5 of the popular show’s 9th season, The Girl Who Died, featured a swarm of electric eels, leading to a sudden spike in interest in the fascinating sea life creatures.

Brynn Jenkins tests the Electric Eels voltage following the Doctor Who Episode "The Girl Who Died"
Brynn Jenkins tests the Electric Eels voltage following the Doctor Who Episode “The Girl Who Died”

Generating powerful electric shocks of up to 600 volts, Ernie’s popularity couldn’t have come at a better time as everyone gears up for Halloween. Visitors at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham are sure to be ‘shocked’ at Ernie and his electrifying ways.

Electric eels can grow up to 2.5 metres long and only need to surface for air every 10 minutes due to their complex circulatory system. The electricity that these eels use to shock their prey is produced in pairs of organs that are found in their abdomen. This fascinating species is found inhabiting fresh waters of the Amazon and Orinoco river basins in South America, and prefers to live in floodplains, swamps, coastal plains and creeks.

Brynn Jenkins tests the Electric Eels voltage following the Dr Who special 4

Brynn Jenkins, Aquarist and Breeder at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham said: “I’m glad that people are finally seeing electric eels for what they are, and that is an amazing sea life creature. We can’t wait for visitors to meet Ernie over Halloween and we think he’ll fit in with the All Hallows theme perfectly.”

Up until the 7th November, The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham continues to give children the chance to discover more about the infamous Octonauts. At the all new Octonauts Training Academy they’ll master the specialities of their favourite characters across six fun zones including Kwazii’s Rockpool, Dr Shellington’s Research Area and Professor Inkling’s Library. It’s sure to be a half term to remember at the underwater attraction.

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For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to sealife.co.uk/birmingham. Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance.

For regular news, updates and competitions, The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham is also on Facebook facebook.com/sealifebirmingham and Twitter twitter.com/sealifebham.

You can also keep up-to-date with what Ginny the Gentoo has to say by following her on twitter at twitter.com/ginnygentoo.

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