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What is This Eel-like Fish?

The Question: I recently I saw an eel-like fish while swimming in the sea in Rockport, MA. It looked around 3 feet (1 meter) long and was white/grey with black stripes (running from nose to tail, not vertically). It moved like an eel. We were in water that was around 3 feet (1 meter) deep, no snorkeling/diving mask.  It was very sandy, no rocks at all.  Not sure how many stripes exactly – my impression was that it was black stripes on a silver/white body…perhaps 12 or so thin stripes running nose to tail.  We saw it three times (or maybe different individuals). I would love to know what it was.

Submitted by: Kathryn W., Massachusetts

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Are Muskrats Used to Make Perfume?

The Question: I have been doing some research on muskrats, and was just wondering if it is true that the musk emitted from male muskrats (which is for Mating) is used as a base in perfume? If this is true, was this in the past or still now? Has this had any effect on the muskrat population?

Submitted by: Katie, Toronto

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