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May 4, 2013

Manhunt for poachers in marsh

Baby eel poaching leads to dramatic chase, arrests


They are believed to spawn in the Sargasso Sea, a vast, oblong-shaped region of the Atlantic ocean a few hundred miles off the coast of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. The ocean there has long been viewed by mariners as a mysterious place, covered in spots by the Sargassum seaweed from which its name derives.

At the age of 2 or 3, elvers migrate en masse from the Sargasso Sea to the East Coast, swimming up rivers to brackish and freshwater areas. Here they live to become adults, then swim back into the ocean, and back to the Sargasso Sea, to spawn.

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