WATER creatures have been catching the travel bug amid the recent torrential rain. Yesterday, a 1.5-metre eel was found writhing outside a barbecue meat store in Yi Lun Street, San Po Kong. On Tuesday, a one-metre giant catfish was found in Mongkok. The dark grey eel, weighing 9.3 kilograms, was found at 3 am by Tsang Hoi-cheung, one of the store owners. According to a spokesman for the Agriculture and Fisheries Department, freshwater eels consumed in restaurants usually weighed about one kilogram. It is thought the eel was carried from elsewhere by the floods and overflowing stormwater drains. But Mr Tsang associated the incident with mythical interpretations, and the eel, seen as the incarnation of spirits ahead of the Hungry Ghosts Festival on Saturday, was set free in the Shing Mun reservoir in the afternoon.