And, well, she's SNUFFYKIN!
That's all done with basic increase and decrease (BTW, see her notes on "invisible decrease", which I used on this eel, and try it yourself - it's so much better), and it goes all curvy and wavy, and gradually narrows to that nice upward-slanted pointy tail. None of the curviness of this animal is from manipulating it later, it's all built in with the stitches. Which is just so awesome, and part of why I've admired the eel, and snuffykin's other designs, for so long. She has even translated some Japanese patterns for us (one of which we'll be doing later in the Year of Ami), and that takes some serious work. How can you not admire her? And what do I do? I insult her design. I should be severely scolded.
(Incidentally, the head of this eel, when seen face-on, makes me think "walrus", though I'm not sure why. And where you would go from there for the rest of it, I don't know. But that's what comes to mind.)
I'm making another, in hot pink, with normal solid black eyes. I'm sure that can't be creepy. Right?