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Osmotic eel, the breach
At rest on a rock in its tank
Osmotic eel, marauders
Sticking to the side of its tank

The osmotic eel was a small aquatic lifeform resembling a starfish that was useful in medicine for cleaning and healing wounds.

Doctor Phlox kept an osmotic eel on board during his assignment to Enterprise, and it could often be seen in sickbay in a container of water. During their first mission in April of 2151, it was used to cauterize Captain Archer's leg wound. (ENT: "Broken Bow")

Doctor Phlox's osmotic eel was a female, and he offered to give her to E'lis, a doctor on a deuterium mining colony in 2152, but she joked she wouldn't know what to feed her. Phlox then explained to E'lis that the eel's feeding needs were relatively modest, as it only required a nutrient broth every three or four days. He further noted that while they were working, they required their nutrient broth even less, as they usually ingested a little blood while healing an injured artery. (ENT: "Marauders")

Hoshi Sato fed Phlox's osmotic eel with Vulcan root leaf in 2153. (ENT: "Exile")

In 2154, the eel was used to remove the Xindi neural parasites that the Xindi-Reptilians had injected into Hoshi Sato to force her compliance. (ENT: "Countdown")

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