Electric Eel Powers Christmas Tree

December 18, 2007

A Japanese aquarium has an electric eel powering a Christmas tree. The tank the eel is in has two electric panels that act as electrodes, picking up the eel's discharge. The eel itself has the capability of producing a shock of up to 500 volts and 1 ampere of current (500 watts), although the guy in the video says 800. Inventor Kazuhiko Minawa, who is responsible for the electricity harvesting system, stated "If we could gather all electric eels from all around the world, we would be able to light up an unimaginably giant Christmas tree." Wow Kazuhiko, wow. So apparently one drawback to electric eel power generation is that it's only good for lighting Christmas trees. F*** harvesting that electricity for practical uses, let's go for world's largest fish powered Christmas tree. I smell a Guinness World Record. No wait, that's Guinness beer. Ah, breakfast.

Japan eel wishes you an electric Christmas [reuters]

thanks to Lauren, who is both intelligent and drop-dead gorgeous, for the tip

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