A bald eagle that had lived in the wild to the ripe old age of 31 was found by wildlife official in Maine dead and laying next to a two-foot-long lamprey eel, also dead.
Scott Osgood of the Maine Warden Service made the discovery on April 25 and he believes that both creatures were electrocuted to death when a dangling eel hit a power line as the eagle flew over it.
“It was kind of unique,” Osgood told the River Valley Sun Journal. “Eagles usually get killed by flying into wires in bad visibility or they break a wing and crash. I’ve handled quite a few, but never with an eel.
“I’m surmising that that eagle had probably done that 100 times, carrying fish over the power lines that aren’t long enough to contact the wires, but he did it this time with an eel dangling more than 2 feet below him and got zapped,” he added.
Also, this is a lamprey eel: