Agence France-PresseMay 12, 2013 17:00
Cupping a tiny, translucent eel in the palm of his hand, New York environmental researcher Chris Bowser shook his head in amazement. "This is worth about one dollar," he said.
As every spring, baby eels -- big black eyes at the end of bodies the size of earthworms -- are wriggling their way from the Atlantic into rivers all along the North American coast.
Bowser, who works with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, calls it "one of the greatest, most mysterious migrations on the planet."
But there are fewer and fewer eels making that journey.