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Published December 22, 2011 8:20 am

Glow • Sparky the electric eel illuminates Living Planet Aquarium's holiday season.
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The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy is using an unusual alternative energy source to help power its Christmas Tree lights.

Sparky, an electric eel, is providing a 600-volt jump charge to flash the lights on the tree.

If that doesn't jolt your electrode, try putting your fingers on the provided stainless-steel probes outside Sparky's tank. You're in for a shock. Living Planet Aquarium, 725 E. 10600 South, Sandy

You can watch a video here:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/53109614-78/sparky-eel-lights-tree.html.csp