January 23, 2018

Aquarium uses eel to power Christmas tree

SANDY, Utah, Dec. 4 (UPI) — The Living Planet Aquarium in Utah says it is using an electric eel to power the lights on a Christmas tree in its “Journey To South America” gallery.

Terry Smith, project manager at Cache Valley Electric, said the electricity generated by an eel in a nearby tank causes the four strands of lights on the 5-foot tree to flash intermittently at the Sandy aquarium.

Officials at the aquarium said electric eels can discharge specialized cells called electrocytes simultaneously to create a 600-volt electric charge equal to about five times

Source: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/12/04/Aquarium-uses-eel-to-power-Christmas-tree/UPI-42131354642517/