Eel-Charged Christmas Twinkling


If you were to walk into the Living Planet Aquarium today in Sandy, Utah, and meander through the “Journey to South America” gallery–past 10-foot anacondas, piranha and caiman alligators–you’d meet Sparky. The nearly four-foot-long electric eel draws a crowd, particularly in December, when it causes the lights on a nearby Christmas tree to twinkle.

That’s right: twinkle. {read more} Smithsonian Magazine

We have an electric eel at the New York Aquarium. Every time we visit he just sits there and does nothing; at times, he seems to be on the verge of doing even less. But I could relate to his static lifestyle: I’ve been short-circuited for years.