Light Up Our Lives
Amazonian electric eels (Electrophorus electricus) are like swimming batteries – their heads are positive and their tails are negative. In fact, the electric eel helped inspire the world’s first electric battery! Alessandro Volta created the “artificial electric organ” based on the organs of electric eels and electric torpedo rays. Even today, electric eels continue to inspire researchers, scientists and engineers. The electric eel at the Aquarium lights up a Christmas tree, helping us celebrate the holiday season.