Science or Fiction
Electric eels are not true eels, but knifefish, a group closely related to catfish, that contains 220 species that all have electricity producing organs. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/electric-eel
Electric eels are obligate air-breathers, coming to the surface for air, and can drown if they get stuck underwater.
The electric organ of an electric eel is entirely located under its chin, which it places on animals it wishes to deliver a maximal shock.
Skeptical Quote of the Week.
‘When any prevailing prejudice is attacked, the wise will consider, and leave the narrow-minded to rail with thoughtless vehemence at innovation.’ Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley, A Vindication of the Rights of Women