Friday, December 3, 2010

Electric Eel Powers Christmas Tree at Vancouver Aquarium

Alternative energy is taken to electrifying heights as eel power lights up a Christmas tree at the Vancouver Aquarium. Visitors to the Aquarium over the holiday season are set to get shocked by a unique and eco-friendly source of power - energy harnessed from an electric eel.

Located in the Canaccord area of the Aquarium, near the Jellyfish Tank, the tree sparkles with lights that the Aquarium's electric eel helps light through electricity generated when it feeds.

Some fishes, such as the electric eel, live in dark and murky waters, so they generate electric fields to be able to see what is around them. Electric eels have electric organs made up of modified muscle or nerve cells that are specialized for producing electric fields and strong currents. Since its head has a positive charge and its tail negative, this polarity gives it an electrical field which it uses to find prey and navigate around objects. When these electric eels produce electricity into the water, especially when they feed, the electrodes in this exhibit pick up the electrical discharges to help light the Christmas tree.

Visit the Vancouver Aquarium this holiday season and give the kids an electrifying experience!

More more eco-friendly ideas about living life a little greener, visit Vancouver-based eco boutique Lavish & Lime where you'll find hundreds of everyday eco finds and unusual gifts that will wow.

Thanks to our Facebook fan Jennifer for tipping us off about this great local, eco-friendly story!

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