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Eel-ectricity powers Japanese Christmas tree

Electric eels use the electric shocks they cre...

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While many of the powers that be in BCN argue about how “green” this year’s Christmas decorations are, they could do a lot worse than looking at an ingenious installation at a Japanese Aquarium: a Christmas tree powered by an electric eel.

From Wikipedia:

The Electric eel (Electrophorus electricus), is an electric fish, and the only species of the genus Electrophorus. It is capable of generating powerful electric shocks, which it uses for both hunting and self-defense. It is an apex predator in its South American range. Despite its name it is not an eel but rather a knifefish. […] The electric eel generates its characteristic electrical pulse in a manner similar to a battery, in which stacked plates produce an electrical charge. In the electric eel, some 5,000 to 6,000 stacked electroplaques are capable of producing a shock at up to 500 volts and 1 ampere of current (500 watts). Such a shock could be deadly for an adult human. (Electrocution death is due to current flow; the level of current that is fatal in humans is roughly 0.75A.)

Strange Random Electric Eel Quote:

“I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of goldfish.” — Edith Sitwell

“I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of goldfish.”
Edith Sitwell
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  1. January 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    pass it on

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