Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada American Eel
Hi there, here we are in Kouchibouguac National Park at Kellys beach. My name is Nicole Daigle and my name is Denis Doucet. And Denis, we were here just a while ago, a few weeks back with a local eel fisherman and we had quiet an experience! Yes, it was Mr. Real Doucet and it was really something that day! I’ll remember it, I think, for the rest of my life! It was really something to see! Yeah! He had brought over about 15 eels and he released them, while we were trying to take footage and also take pictures. It was really amazing to discover how those eels were so docile, so non-agressive really and really quite gracefull in their swimming. Yeah! The first eel that was put in the water we were hoping to get a glimpse of it and hoping that it would come by the video camera but it came directly towards me! And it was trying to hide underneath my body, around my legs, my arms, I was quite surprised actually. And I think out of those 15 eels, at least 10 maybe even 12 of them went straight for you! I thought they would’ve been scared of me, but they were not! They just came directly towards me, even though I was moving a little bit and they just hid in there, quite an amazing thing! Now there’s a couple of eels that didn’t go in the water at all! They actually just disappeared into the sand! Right in front of our eyes, in just a minute or two, they went from being on top of the sand to right in the sand, without even leaving a trace behind, I think. If we hadn’t seen these eels go in the sand, there’s no way we could’ve guessed that there were eels there! Absolutely! But the estuary is such an important place for these animals to adapt from salt water to fresh water. Yes, in deed, and in fact great hiding places in the eel grass for them and certainly a lot of richness the estuaries Now, the American Eel is so important for the Acadian people and also for the Mi’kma people of the area. Abolutely, it goes back in our collective histories, They were so important as a source of food and they even became an important part of our legend, our lure, our life, really! So, through the “Action on the ground” program, we’re trying to improve the health of the estuary here in Kouchibouguac. But there’s also another action on the ground project and that is working to learn more about the eels, so we are sharing ressources and knowledge with six other National Parks, so here in Kouchibouguac and there’s Fundy National Park, Cape Breton Highlands, Kejimkujik, P.E.I, Terra Nova and Gros Morne National Park, so we are working together to make a difference in the condition of the life of this very special species. Let’s go!