23 Oct '17, 12am

Do Animals Dream?

Do Animals Dream?

Written by Sy Montgomery, coauthor of Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind The electric eel exhibit at the New England Aquarium has a feature that makes it a favorite. Whenever the eel is hunting or stunning prey, the charge powers a voltmeter above his tank. It lights up when the eel is using his electricity, and allows you to see the invisible—like magic. One day I saw another magical thing happen in the tank. Thanks to the voltmeter, I was able to watch the eel dream. It happened when I was standing in front of the exhibit with Scott Dowd, the lead aquarist for the freshwater gallery, watching the eel resting motionless at the bottom of the tank. “I think he’s asleep,” I said to my companion. “Yes, that eel is catching some serious z’s,” he agreed. Being hard-core fish enthusiasts, we continued to watch transfixed while the electric eel slept. And that...

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