Eel-powered tree highlights aquarium's Luminescence event

glowing anemone
Photosynthetic algae living in the green surf anemone help deliver a dramatic fluorescence that makes it one of the stars of the current event at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Marine life and more light up the Vancouver Aquarium for the holiday season

BC Hydro has partnered with the Vancouver Aquarium to help support this year's Luminescence event with a strong emphasis on LED lighting.

Looking for new and unique ways to enjoy the festive season this year?

Through January 2, 2012, visitors can explore the fascinating ways in which marine life and other creatures create and reflect light through the Aquarium’s animal exhibits, daily shows and unique aquatic lighting displays.

A tree powered by electric eels

Did you know Electric eels produce electricity when they eat? The Aquarium is featuring a traditional holiday tree to be powered by the help of two electric eels.

See the eels in action at one of the daily shows and witness a dazzling display of light each time the eels feed.

Hundreds of jellies filled with LED lights

Immerse yourself in Jelly Swarm, a themed origami artwork display created by artist Joseph Wu.

Over a hundred jellies with LED lights fill the entire ceiling of a gallery and, with a touch of a button, visitors can create their own beautiful patterns of light throughout the amazing swarm hanging above. Families can also enjoy glow in the dark arts and crafts and make origami jelly tree decorations to take home.

Scuba Claus and the Polar Express 4-D Experience

Other holiday favorites at the Aquarium include Scuba Claus, who visits the Aquarium every year to swim merrily among the halibut, rockfish, sturgeon and sea star.

Be sure to also hop on board the Polar Express 4-D Experience, a 20-minute cinematic adventure complete with the rumble of the train, magical falling snow and the heavenly scent of hot chocolate.

Dancing with belugas

BC Hydro's, Community Outreach team will be at Luminescence from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 10-11.

Visit their booth featuring two LED light-up dance floors in the underwater viewing area across from the beluga whales. By dancing your way towards energy conservation, you will also receive your own flashing LED light that can last up to 22 years.

Get more information on Luminescence at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Learn more about LED lighting.