Meet the "sacred Eels" of Huahine

It's not often that one would relate eels to being sacred, but these slippery awkward creatures are revered in Huahine. See what all the hype is about.

Meet the "Sacred Eels" of Huahine

Huahine is an island located among the Society Islands, in French Polynesia. It is made up of two main islands surrounded by a fringing coral reef, and is naturally full of wonderful attractions, and interesting and unique wildlife. One of the more famous attractions on Huahine is visiting and feeding the “sacred eels”. You can view these eels from a bridge that crosses over a stream. These otherworldly creatures are 3- to 6-foot (1.8 m) in length, and are deemed sacred by the locals, through local mythology. They have blue translucent eyes and slimy, slippery skin. It is truly a sight to see them gathered, all squirming together.

While viewing these slithering creatures, tourists can buy a can of mackerel and feed the eels. This makes things a whole lot more interesting, as it raises their activity level, as they squirm about munching on the bits.They are gentle and relatively harmless, and whether or not you believe these graceful creatures are truly sacred, you will enjoy paying them a visit, feeding them, and watching them squirm and slither about gracefully in the cool water.

 

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