'World's Oldest Eel' Dies at Age 155 in Swedish Well Åle the eel had reportedly lived there since he was tossed down in 1859 By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff Posted Aug 11, 2014 7:03 AM CDT 15 comments Comments This eel seems shocked and saddened to hear about the death of what was said to be the world's oldest eel in Sweden. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Swedish fish usually get all the hype, but Åle the eel is the one making headlines today. Said to have been the world's oldest eel, Åle recently passed away at the age of 155, reports the Local. Its owner says he found Åle in pieces when he popped open the well's lid to show off his famous pet to dinner guests. The eel had allegedly lived at the bottom of the well since 1859, when an 8-year-old boy is said to have tossed him down there. European eels typically live to be 10 to 20 years old, notes the USGS; "but this one just lived and lived and lived," says the owner. Åle is survived by a partner—an unnamed eel believed to be 110.