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.
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.
This show is located in the Connections Gallery. In this gallery you’ll find a variety of animal exhibits that represent the diversity of aquatic life at the Aquarium. The centerpiece is a unique 14-foot globe which highlights the Arctic and is surrounded by 360 degrees of uninterrupted screens. This gallery is also the gateway to other aquatic worlds—from here you’ll be able to journey to the tropics, Pacific Canada, and more.