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The electric eel has tiny battery-like cells called electrocytes that store power. If threatened or in pursuit of prey, this fish can discharge a current of up to 600 volts, depending on its size. This is far more powerful than the jolt you would get from a standard household outlet if you were foolish enough to play around with electricity. The difference is that a household outlet will deliver a continuous charge while the electric eel’s shock lasts only seconds. The fish can deliver a series of charges in rapid secession, though, rendering its victim helpless and possibly causing heart failure or drowning. In addition to this stunning power, the electric eel also uses lower voltage electric signals as a kind of radar guidance system to navigate the murky waters and find prey. This is very handy since they have extremely poor eyesight.