“hello, motherfucker”

White-eyed Moray Eel. 

the first time i saw an eel was on television at age ten. a man had speared, skinned and prepared a long, thick eel for consumption, proceeding to share its bright white flesh with his family. though the memory has faded, the knowledge i acquired from viewing the program has had a lasting affect.

i have never been repulsed by an animal. i have always been totally appreciative of all creatures, making a special effort to assist house-dwelling insects and spiders in continuing their lives outside. for this reason, it has taken me a long time to admit to my undying fear of eels. i feel weakness surging through me as i admit to girlish frenzy brought about by searching for the image to accompany this piece.

eels are enitrely unnerving and disconcerting. its peek-a-boo face emerges from the darkness behind where you stand, helplessly hindered by the water’s viscosity. ‘hello, motherfucker’, it hisses.

that being said, i still feel compassion for eels. i still love eels because they are a part of nature and an important ecosystem.

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