Jelly Eel

Jelly eels are a small species of eel endemic to the Tea-Pit on Cilvarth. They get their name from their squishy textures, which is why they are a valued seaside snack.

Anatomy

Jelly eels grow to a maximum of a foot long (12 inches or 30cm). They have a small, streamlined body, that they bury in the sand of the Tea-Pit. They have tiny pink and purple scales that form stripes down their bodies. Males start with a pink head, and the stripes follow, while females have purple heads.

They have very small beaks that they use to shear sea-grasses on the sea floor. These animals have no defences from predators, and instead rely on tunnels in the seabed that they retreat in when animals approach. Because they are close to the bottom of every food web, they are very skittish animals and are difficult to spot outside of their tunnels.

Reproduction

Because of their short lifespans of one year, jelly eels mate every other month. They reach sexual maturity at six months old, and lay eggs in batches of a thousand. These eggs are shoved at the bottom of the eel tunnels, where they are best protected from predators.

Baby jelly eels are known as jellvers, and they are extremely squishy and slimy, unlike adults. They secrete a slime so that they can slip past predators and cause a disturbance in their bodies when swallowed, that causes them to regurgitate the babies while they are still alive. It is unknown to Cilvarthians why adults lose the ability to produce slime, as it is rather effective.

Diet

Jelly eels are herbivorous animals, consuming the various sea-grasses that grow on the sea-floor of the Tea-Pit. Jellvers are unable to consume sea-grasses as they have no beaks to grasp at it, so parents will chew up and regurgitate large amounts of sea-grasses that they turn into a paste in their mouths. When they spit the food out, it becomes a battle for the jellvers to eat.

Cilvarthian Delicacy

Jelly eels, with their squishy texture, make excellent seaside snacks. As they are raked in and stored in icy containers, jelly eels are harvested en masse and tossed in large fryers, and then coated in various spices and flavourings. Jelly eels are one of the more popular seaside treats, as they are rare and therefore more valued. They are more common nowadays, as jelly eel farms have been constructed.

Use

Jellvers, with their slime-producing capabilities are popular with students and hospitals, and odd pairing for sure. Students like jellvers as they induce vomiting - since jelly eel farms have been set up, baby jellvers aren't too difficult to find, and the vomiting gets them out of classes.

Hospitals love jellvers because the vomiting helps treat poisoning. If somebody were to swallow a toxic substance, hospitals will make them swallow a jellver which will cause the vomiting. Ideally, the toxic substance will be regurgitated and the patient will be treated but it isn't a guarantee, unfortunately.

Jelly Eels by Mochi
Lifespan
1 year
Average Length
1 foot
Geographic Distribution

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Cover image: Cilvarthian Cliffs by Mochi

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Author's Notes

Thank you Amélie I. S. Debruyne for the idea that sparked the "Uses" section!


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Annie Stein
2 Dec, 2022 20:58

Oh my god, Jellivers! That's such a cute name.

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2 Dec, 2022 21:06

So glad you like it! I combined jelly with elver, a juvenile eel :D

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2 Dec, 2022 21:07

Great with mash & gravy I hear, especially favoured by East End Cockneys.

2 Dec, 2022 21:21

mmmmm, delicious!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
2 Dec, 2022 21:11

I agree, I love jellivers as a name <3   And I like their unique mechanism of making would-be predator vomit them :p Like I said on discord, there could be a fun use for them in medicine as emetic to make people vomit XD   Not sure I would want to eat the adult ones though, a squishy texture doesn't sound appetising XD

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2 Dec, 2022 21:22

I added the section that you suggested on discord! thank you so much for the idea, it makes these little critters stand out much more!

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3 Dec, 2022 01:24

I love these little beasts. And the regurgitating uses. The gross pupils get a free pass.

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3 Dec, 2022 07:56

I'd totally swallow some of these if it meant getting out of classes xD Thank you for liking and commenting! <3

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6 Dec, 2022 21:49

Jellver brings me joy. What a clever word. :D Really fun little creature!

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6 Dec, 2022 21:59

Thank you! I'm quite proud of that word xD

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