Scientists To Determine Age of the Oldest Eel on Earth

14.08.2014

Eel named Ole lived in a small fishermen town in the South of Sweden. And recently his owner announced that his weird pet had died. According to some assumptions, Ole who lived in a backyard well of Thomas Kiellman in the Swedish town of Brantvik, was 155 years. By the standards of eels, this is equal not just to long living, but almost to immortality, because these fish live 7 years in average, and after that their intestine becomes so fat that it stops working.

Ole who lived in a backyard well of Thomas Kiellman in the Swedish town of Brantvik, was 155 years

In 1962 Kielmann family acquired a house with a well, where Ole lived. Since than the eel became a local curiosity. Every year a traditional crawfish festival is held in Brantvik, and many of its guests come to see the long-liver. His distinctive feature was disproportionately large eyes, which presumabely became larger due to staying in the dark well. Swedish scientists have already showed interest in Ole remains. The old man was placed in the freezer, and his spine and his head will be sent for tests that will help to determine the exact age of the eel and the reasons of his long living.