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Shockingly Cool

This winter, join us at the Vancouver Aquarium to discover an incredible animal – a fish that can produce electricity. That’s right. A fish. Producing electricity on the spot is like a super power found only in comic books. During the Eel-lectric Lights program you’ll learn why these fish produce electricity and what it takes for one to light up a Christmas tree. Could an electric eel power the lights in your home? Join us to find out.

Electric eel
Electric eel

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.

Holiday Traditions Start At Vancouver Aquarium

November 24, 2017 to January 7, 2018

The holiday spirit comes in waves at The Vancouver Aquarium. From magical aquatic displays, to Scuba Claus, special seasonal activities and more, your family will create a lifetime of unforgettable holiday memories.

Learn more about our Holiday feature.


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