National Geographic : 1949 Jul
The fish with an electric fence T HE CHIEF HOME of the electric eel, Electro phorus electricus, is in the backwaters of the Amazon, where the vicious piranha and other deadly fish dwell. So it's a lucky thing for Electrophorus that four-fifths of the length of his stubby body con tains electricity-generating tissue, which enables him to send out strong discharges of five hundred volts or more many times each minute. When a piranha, or other foe of the eel, moves in, Electrophorus builds an electric fence around himself by switching on his generators and charg ing the water in the vicinity with electricity. With his enemies stunned by the shock, or at least dis concerted, it's an easy matter for the eel to escape -and he doesn't even have to swim fast! This eel's truly shocking weapon is a good ex ample of the clever devices which nature fur nishes to so many animals to help them fend off trouble. But man has improved on nature. le has found many ways to balk trouble. And he's also developed a way to keep trouble from costing him a lot of money and worry when it does strike. The name of this development is insurance and what a thorough job it can do in making your load of worry light! You can protect yourself against a lack of in come should an accident stop your pay. You can provide now for income in later years when old age reduces your earnings. You can make sure your family will have a decent income should something happen to you. When it comes to deciding what kinds of insur ance you need and how much of each, your Travel ers agent or broker can give you expert help. MORAL: INSURE IN The Travelers ALL FORMS OF INSURANCE AND SURETY BONDS The Travelers Insurance Company,The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insur ance Company, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, Hartford 15, Connecticut. Serving the insurance public in the United States since 1864 and in Canada since 1865.