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On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote get’s SLIMED by a GIANT EEL!
…well a Long Finned Eel to be more specific! You won’t believe how hard Coyote and the crew had to work to film these elusive and slippery creatures!
Get ready to see one slimy Australian river monster!

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Caption: Alright guys we've got an illness pocket . of water there it is come around here . [applause]. [music]. as the sun sets upon the wild lands of . australia a world of elusive creatures . slowly emerge from the shadows and while . most people strive to avoid stumbling . upon situations that may involve such . nightmares the brave wilderness crew is. exactly the opposite well guys as you . can tell from the lack of light it is . nighttime but the good news is that . tonight we're headed out to search for . some epic creatures i've got my . flashlight and this giant net maybe . thinking to yourselves coyote are you in . costa rica heading back out after that . giant freshwater prawn that got away . from you no no we're in queensland . australia and i've got one target . species in mind the australian . long-finned eel mark hop on off that . platform there and into the water yeah . the water is cold but that is perfect . for finding these freshwater eels so if . you guys are ready let's head upstream . and see if we can catch one all right . guys we're gonna head up to the . embankment because these eels are. actually very sensitive to light and . sound so the quieter we can be the . better chance we have of actually . finding one so what we want to do is get . up on the shoreline move slowly and . periodically peered down into the water . to see if we can find an eel i'll tell . you what it's gonna be a lot easier to . maneuver on land because these rocks are . incredibly slippery the last thing we . want is for you guys to twist an ankle . you know what i love about this the . cooler temperature means no mosquitoes . and actually we haven't come across any . mosquitoes yet in australia which has . been really nice to work i've been bit a . few times you've been bitten oh yeah . really yeah i have not even seen a . mosquito yet yeah but you have that . thing where as mosquitoes don't bite you . this is true guys i'm not oftentimes . actually just aa mosquito fly right past . the lens of the camera there i'm . oftentimes not bitten by mosquitoes and . even when i am bit and i have no . reaction so i kind of luck out in that . instance mark you're usually eaten alive . aren't you yeah unfortunately traveling . upstream under the darkness of night was . perilous especially for a camera team . slippery rocks deep drop-offs and strong . currents meant to every step of the . adventure was riddled with environmental . obstacles the search for eels and their . cryptic nature is one of time and . patience. these slime-covered creatures stay . fairly nomadic especially during times . of rain and rising water levels so . finding one usually happens when you are . in the right place at exactly the right . time which meant that i was always ready . to spring into action . [music]. [music]. from right through the net yeah look at . that. wow how about that for tactic stay . completely still and let the eel swim . into your net wow and that is considered . a small one and it's about a foot and a . half in length okay let's bring it up to . the edge and some banquet you take a . quick look at it we definitely have to . catch something bigger but any eel is . worth taking a look at let me see i'm . gonna just whew is strong it is slippery . now they can give you a pretty nasty . bite so i've got to be careful here . oh they do have teeth wow look at that . look at that it's just all over the . place let me see if i can get it with . two hands here there's there's. absolutely no way to hold on to this . creature it is like a slippery water . balloon actually i have a pair of gloves . in my pack let me take those out there's . no way i can hold on to that you know i . can't even get it out of the now give me . two seconds here hope trying to get out. of the net there i see it get my glove . on this loved one there we go okay . holding onto it with the glove is . definitely much easier. there you have a folks that is the . australian long-finned eel. if the underside is completely . cream-colored and it camouflages. perfectly into this environment there's . absolutely no good way to hold on to . this creature and honestly one that's. bigger may be easier to manipulate a . beautiful animal. all right well like i said guys this is . a small one we need to get something . much larger in front of the cameras okay . i'm gonna gently set it down here into . the shallows. and here it goes alright guys so far we . are one for one when it comes to . catching eels and look at my gloves they . are completely coated in a thick layer. of mucus i feel like i've got ectoplasm . on me from the ghostbusters like i've . just been slimed by slimer. i think these are gonna be the last time . these gloves are used it's gonna be for . this expedition all right let's get i . consider the long-finned eel to be a. quintessential river monster and i knew . that for this animal to live up to that . iconic reputation we needed an . indisputable giant deeper into the night. we ventured flashlight beams scanning . the water's surface as our eyes peered . through the rippling current hoping to . spot the slithering shadow of a giant . eel all right guys we got an illness . pocket of water it is moving water . though this is gonna be difficult . catchers are you guys hot on camera . cocking man it is hard to see oh this . could be a tough match guys right there . i see it i see it going on there see i . see i'm waiting for it to come back . funny nuisance rocks oh i missed it i . missed it. where'd it go tripod my foot right by my . foot. [music]. he's right this rocks you somewhere . somebody going down the edge of the . creek oh hold on . hold on hold tight stay in that pool let . me welcome. [applause]. all right he's in the current moved on . this way the dizzying search carried on. for what seemed like miles and miles of . river as we continue to battle the . onslaught of environmental obstacles. then when it seemed as if our chances of. spotting and catching a giant eel had . disappeared into the night my moment of . anticipated triumph materialized from . the shadows i almost slipped but it went . right into the next can you believe that . let's go back here on this flatland it's . slippery guys be careful dude we got now . so long now let me take my pack off for . this oh buddy wow that is a three-hour . expedition turned in with success let me . introduce you to the australian . long-finned eel there it is coming your . buddy incredibly difficult to hold on to . whoa oh . begay . oh be careful stir up he's gone . redemption redemption you guys might . remember the time that the giant . freshwater prawn slipped from my hands . they got back into the river not . happening tonight with the giant longfin . eel okay let's back up a little bit . further away from the water clearly they . are too slippery to hold yeah okay i . gotta get internet just one watch just . pick that up pick that whole thing okay . rinse it off time out time out give it . up no needs to put it down this isn't . funny anymore. it's pretty funny all right let's let's . back all the way back all the way back . yeah now coyote just to be clear these . eels can be on land for quite a while . yes all right let's crouch down to get . this under control finally i'm gonna . keep the net upright like this i fear . not these eels can stay out of water for . a substantial amount of time in fact . hours upon hours because if they become . stranded in a pocket and they want to . move to a body of larger water they can . actually crawl over land and as you saw . it shot up out of the river onto land to . make an escape . they are extremely quick okay i need to . rethink this situation so that i can . actually get it out of the net and that . you guys can see it all right look it's . staying still now. i'm gonna gently set that down okay now . i do want to get it up out of the net so . you guys can get a good look at it i'm . trying to just let it get acclimated and . get called and actually one thing that . we can look at first without me actually . picking it up is where it gets hits . named the australian long-finned eel . look at this dorsal fin that runs along . the length of its body i'm gonna very . gently mário you got an okay shot there . i'm gonna gently just sort of peel that . fin up can you see that that is where . the name long-finned eel comes from now . there there is a short fin feel also. here in australia they are quite a bit . smaller than this variety and it is that . long dorsal fin that easily . distinguishes it from the shortfin . variety now these creatures are most . active at night out right now hunting . and they are voracious predators all . right give me your buddy let me hold you . up just a bit i'm trying to get a good . hold on it they are all muscle very . powerful and what they're feasting on is . small fish invertebrates they will even . take things like frogs and snakes if . they can catch them and an eel of this . size is about half way to what they can . ultimately turn into and at a maximum . length they can reach close to ten feet . in length and weigh about 50 pounds now . here's something really interesting . about the lifecycle of this animal it's . almost opposite that of a salmon so you . know the salmon swim out of the ocean . and upriver to do their spawning these . creatures actually swim out of the . rivers and creeks and back into the . ocean where they do their breeding now . once they have bred and the smaller ones. are born they are actually called elvers . yeah kind of like an elf and elver will . then swim back into the creek system . where they will spend several years . growing to about this size and like i . said this is about medium . they can grow to be about six feet in . length in the river systems and it's . really the ones who become marooned in . pockets of water that they can't escape . from the grow to that maximum length of . around ten feet and fifty pounds wow . that's a very healthy eel yeah is a very . healthy eel and you can see there are . two little sensory organs right on the . front of its face there almost look like . the barbels on the front of a catfish . and they use that to sense their . environment vibrations beneath the water . surface and that helps them detect their . prey now they have the opportunity to be . ambush predators or nomadic predators. and an ambush predator is something that . waits for its prey to come to it but . based on the strength and speed of this . creature. they can easily chase after something. like a freshwater prawn or a fish and . you'll notice that coloration that's. speckling green and black drab olive . allows it to stay perfectly camouflaged . within the shadows the algae and amongst . the rock structures here in the river. oh yeah jonah mica run for it wow and it . is taking all of my strength right now . to hold this eel still wow . it is so powerful you see that twist and . move that it's making there is just . trying to get itself out of my hands and . pack you into . whoa all right let's set it down in the . net there for a second oh look at all . that mucus coating my gloves now you get . a good shot of the tail there it's like . a big boar and that's what allows these . creatures to quickly propel their bodies . forward in the water make a move . downstream or upstream and they can . perfectly maneuver their bodies and. manipulate them around the rocks to fit . into small crevices and like i said . earlier up underneath embankments and . beneath flat rocks is where they will . hide during the day again this is . primarily a nocturnal creature and sure . enough it took us being out here for . three hours before we finally came . across one that was a decent size to get . in front of the cameras well a little . bit of patience and a lot of persistence . but it finally paid off as we got the . australian longfin eel up close for the . cameras and what a catch that was an . initial catch it got out of the net and . then i got it a second time redemption . has been had for the giant freshwater . prawn guys this may have been one of the . most epic catches we have ever had i'm . coyote peterson be brave stay wild we'll . see on the next adventure all right . buddy now we can get you back into the . river great triumphs often come as a . result of unwavering determination and . when i finally managed to get the . long-finned eel in front of the cameras . without it slipping through my fingers i . felt an incredible sense of . accomplishment. in the end as i gently submerge this . river monster back into the murky water . and watched as it disappeared into the . night i was truly grateful for the . journey we had embarked upon and the. reward that became this episode on the . brave wilderness channel if you thought . my acrobatics to catch an eel were . entertaining. make sure to go back and watch the . famous episode about the giant prawn . that slipped right through my fingers . and don't forget subscribe so you can . join me in the crew on this season of . breaking trail . .

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