Electric Eel Powers Aquarium Christmas Tree
Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite, brought back by holiday demand. It was originally published on December 14, 2010. Enjoy!
All kinds of businesses set up Christmas trees to celebrate the holiday season, but none of them are powered as creatively as one tree in Kamakura, Japan.
Kamakura’s Enoshima Aquarium decided to skip the electrical outlet and went right to the natural source to power their holiday tree — a tank with a swimming electric eel.
“Each time the eel moves, two aluminium panels gather enough electricity to light up the 2-metre (6 ft 6 in) tall tree, decked out in white, in glowing intermittent flashes,” reports Reuters.
The aquarium, which is just south of Tokyo, has featured the electric eel for five years in an effort to encourage ecological sensitivity.
See the eel-powered tree in action!
Image Credit: Flickr - doug letterman