Pretty damn close now they're actually fried elvers (juvenile eels)
Here are some live ones, yum:
They're not eaten so much any more due to the fact that the live ones are worth between $500 - $1000/lb for sale to Japanese eel farms (eels can't be bred in captivity, they have to be caught wild and raised). Obviously when they're worth more than top quality caviar to the catcher, people are going to tend to prefer selling them to eating them!
It's called pandaka pygmaea (it's a type of gobi). Locally, who the hell knows, everyone seems to have a different name for it. The way the parents usually cook it is mixed up as an egg patty, or just put that shit in vinegar as a kind of fish salad.