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New York Aquarium Wants Help Naming New Electric Eel

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s a new addition at the New York Aquarium and he (or she) needs a name.

A young electric eel, gender unknown, is looking for a little identity and the aquarium wants you to help name it.

The eel is native to South America and can deliver a 650-volt electric shock. The aquarium says the electric eel uses the shock to defend itself against predators and to catch prey.

You can see the eel in its home in the Explore the Shore exhibit at the New York Aquarium.

The eel naming contest ends Monday. To submit your eel names, visit





    • Pancho Cowboy

      Lets call it Illegal…. just like your family

  • Phyllicia Rumpkins

    Booty Probe?

  • Don't taze me, bro!

    How about ‘Lick Me’?

  • buttbiaquit

    How about “lets get public bathrooms in NYC” ?

  • Bears Rule

    I say call it fish. Because its a damn fish

  • Philip Scharfy

    Zapper would do

  • camisha williams

    Here’ s original..”PUNKY” aka as Milan Ava Williams. Naming the eel can be dedicated to raising awareness for CDLS (Cornelia de Lange Syndrome). I am a mother of a 5year old daughter in NYC with this rare syndrome. Not many medical professionals worldwide are aware of these individuals which are “rare gems”. This often limits the resources that are needed for these many disabled children and adults. Naming the eel after Milan, will simply help to raise awareness of this syndrome. Thank you

    Just a mother who loves Punky
    Sent from my HTC smartphone on the Now Network from Sprint!

  • Elyzsabeth Ahne

    Another possibility–name the electric eel after the singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked!

  • Elyzsabeth Ahne

    How about “Electra”?

  • Jay

    Depending on the sex of the fish, I guess either CONnie or EDward.

  • geeta

    How about Sparky?

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