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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Robotic Eel  
  A five-foot long artificial eel, controlled by an operator.  

Be sure to see the description of the eel operator.

It was a small electronics lab, but I took no note of anything but the Eel. It was about five feet long, a silver flexiprene-covered body like a fat snake, a black bullet head and red camera eyes. I was puzzled that they had it tethered inside a wire cage... The Eel flexed its body, rattling the cage, and moved its head to look directly at me.
From Re:Set, by Susan Beetlestone.
Published by Tutka Books in 2012
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Compare to the Mitsubishi turbo from Michael Swanwick's 2002 story Slow Life and the Wabbler From The Wabbler (1942) by Murray Leinster.

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