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Sheela the 50-year-old eel found in Northamptonshire canal

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A 50-year-old giant eel has been discovered living in a Northamptonshire canal.

The rare female eel, named Sheela by the people who discovered it, was found by a team of Canal & River Trust workers who were making repairs to the lock in Watford near Long Buckby.

Trust spokesman, Becca Dent, said: “Finding an eel this size is pretty amazing.

“We have lots of eels living in the canal system but to find something as big as this is a brilliant discovery.

“The biggest European eel caught with a rod and line in the UK was just 3lbs heavier than the one we found.”

The 8lb 2oz eel, which is several feet long, was caught by a team of specialists and moved to another canal so the lock could be drained and repaired.

 

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