|The eel pictured is not the eel in the story. The eel in the story is dead.|
The world’s oldest European eel just died in its home, a well in a southern Swedish fishing town, aged 155.
Tomas Kjellman, resident in the little fishing town of Brantevik in Skåne, has always had an eel in his well.
“My family bought the cottage in 1962, and we always knew the housepet was included,” Kjellman told The Local.
Its presence has been well-documented for more than a century.
But no more.
“Of course it’s sad. I have memories of the eel from when I was a child,” Kjellman said.
“…Eels normally only live to be seven years old,” Kjellman told The Local. “They usually get so fat and their intestinal canals stop working. But this one just lived and lived and lived.”
In 1859 an 8-year-old Swede by the name of Samuel Nilsson threw the eel into the well. While the act may be reminiscent of children throwing strange objects into toilets in modern times, it was in fact common practice to throw an eel in your well.
…Åle the eel …(ål is Swedish for eel)… is survived by its sea-faring partner, alive and well in the well – but the junior eel is “only” believed to be 110.