Gallery: World’s First Christmas Tree Powered by an Eel!


This time of year, holiday lights are sucking up power from the grid in enormous proportions – but that’s not the case with one very special Christmas Tree in Japan. Housed in an aquarium, this nifty holiday tree‘s lights are hooked up to an aluminum electrode inside the tank of an electric eel. Every time the eel moves, it sends an 800 watt zap through the water and makes the lights sparkle. Certainly odd, but hey, it works! See a video of it after the jump.

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  1. Jasmine Harrison December 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

    i wonder how many of these suckers i would need in order to power my whole house??? ^_^

  2. sinsro December 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Bogus, electric eels does not produce electricity all the time, it’s a defense mechanism.

  3. mango December 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    cute. likely fake.

    iirc, eels only produce electricity during attack/defence. not every movement. likely just hooked the tree up to a battery w/ a motion sensor. also notice the power-generating mat upon which visitors can step.

  4. metis December 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    there’s a few of these kicking around, i seem to recall one a few years back as well. pretty slick from a education standpoint.

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