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On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote getโ€™s SLIMED by a GIANT EEL!
โ€ฆwell a Long Finned Eel to be more specific! You wonโ€™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 mรกrio 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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