Not even being skinned and shoved on a barbecue can stop this eel from creeping you out.
This post from Reddituser Sippinginshows a skinned eel as it wiggles and writhes whensprinkled with salt and placed on a barbecue in a restaurant.
It seems to be thesame phenomenon as the dancing froglegs video a few years ago. First off, muscles contract when they receive signals from motor neurons. These signals are produced and propagated by different ions, such as sodium. The sodium ions in the salt(i.e. sodium chloride)cause the nerves to fire and therefore makethe muscles contract. This only works if the meat has been freshly killed, as it still requires some live cells.
There’s also a chance that the eel is squirming around as a reflex from the heat of the grill. But either way, since the eel’s head has been chopped off, it won’t be experiencing pain.
Bon Apptit! I’ll stick with a salad.
Image credit: Sippingin/Imgur
Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/eel-squirms-around-when-it-s-sprinkled-salt