The mystery of eel migration which has puzzled ecologists since Aristotle is about to be solved, the Environment Agency has said as it announced plans to locate their origin.
The critically endangered species travel some 3700 miles from Europe across the Atlantic Ocean to spawn – but where exactly remains completely unknown.
Researchers claim the eels spawn and die somewhere in the Sargasso Sea, a vast area off the east coast of the United States and north of the Caribbean.
As numbers have dropped by 98 per cent since the seventies, experts from the Environment Agency created a method to track European eel migration routes.
Three eels were captured in a small river on the island of San Miguel,…