Eels spill out onto the YVR tarmac after escaping from Air Canada cargo box

Eels spill out onto the YVR tarmac after escaping from Air Canada cargo box
Video shows Eels on the YVR Tarmac on July 10, 2024

Dozens of live eels spilled out onto the YVR tarmac Wednesday after landing from Toronto.

It was not quite the 2006 film “Snakes on a Plane” at Vancouver International Airport, but there were real eels — dozens of them — writhing on the tarmac during a recent incident captured on video.

Air Canada Cargo says in a statement that it was handling a shipment of eels from Toronto to Vancouver on July 7 when one container box accidentally spilled during unloading.

Video on social media shows the broken box on top of a stationary conveyor belt with half-metre-long eels slithering out and falling to the ground, while about two dozen writhed on the tarmac below.

The video also recorded at least one person screaming in the background as the eels spilled to the ground.

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Air Canada Cargo says the eels were collected and repackaged, and the company is in contact with the customer about the incident.

A statement from YVR media relations says airport operations were not affected by the spill.

“We are aware that on July 7th Air Canada Cargo was handling a shipment of live eels at YVR,” said the airport. “The container accidently spilled onto the apron surface during unloading. The live eels were collected and repackaged safely.”

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