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# From the late 1970's to the early 1990's the Vancouver Aquarium used electric eels as a source of power. What did the aquarium use their natural voltage for?

Question #90337. Asked by pmac41. (Dec 27 07 4:48 AM)

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A couple of electric eels at the Vancouver Aquarium were wired to the lights on a Christmas tree, hoping the eel-generated electricity will power the lights. When the eels are given some fish to eat, they begin to twitch — an indication that electrical output is being generated — and the tree lights up!

http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-69-1035-5793-11/on_this_day/life_society/electric_eels_Christmas

 Dec 27 07, 5:30 AM

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