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An electric eel-powered Christmas tree
A Japanese aquarium harnesses the power of a high voltage fish to light up its tannenbaum. Alternative energy, indeed
An eel can generate up to 800 watts of electric charge every time it moves.
An eel can generate up to 800 watts of electric charge every time it moves.
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he video: A resourceful Japanese aquarium is using power generated by an electric eel to light its Christmas tree. (View clip below.) The fish — which generates up to 800 watts every time it moves inside a special tank outfitted with two aluminum electrode panels — has been fueling the facility's holiday tree for some years, but this December, it has a new friend: A Santa robot that aquarium visitors empower by stomping on a pad.
The reaction:
Visiting this attraction must be like "spending the holiday at a James Bond villain's house!" says Sam Biddle at Gizmodo. Is this the "greatest aquarium in the world," or simply a prototype for some kind of "eel-based super weapon?" This, says Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing, is an "amazing holiday miracle." Watch the festive eel in action:

 

 

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