02 Feb '11, 8am

Researchers have collected eel eggs from the wild for the first time ever, shedding new light on spawning habits.

Researchers have collected eel eggs from the wild for the first time ever, shedding new light on spawning habits.

An egg (left) and fry (right) of Japanese eel, collected near the West Mariana Ridge and incubate above the researcher boat. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO - JAPANESE researchers have collected eel eggs from the wild for the first time ever, shedding light on the mystery surrounding the spawning habits of the fish. Experts say the new discoveries about how and where eels lay their eggs could help pave the way for new techniques to farm a creature that Greek philosopher Aristotle believed emerged spontaneously from mud. The team of researchers told British science magazine Nature Communications, published on Tuesday, that they had found 31 eggs near the West Mariana Ridge in the Pacific Ocean near Guam in May 2009. The team comprises researchers from the University of Tokyo's Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute and the Fisheries Research Agency. 'Further research into the physical...

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