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Enigmatic eels: Eelers are starting to see fewer slithery sea snakes along the Atlantic coast

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SOLOMONS, Md. — On a chilly morning when other watermen on the Patuxent River dredged for oysters, Jimmy Trossbach sought more slippery quarry — American eels.

“I don’t know what we’ll find here,” Trossbach said as he guided his 45— foot workboat, Prospector, to a pair of empty plastic jugs bobbing on the water. His helper, Jake Walker, hooked the makeshift buoy and reeled in the eel pots or traps they’d set in the river two days before.

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