Weekly Dose of Woah #46 [October 16, 2019]

electric eel arm shock

You’ve heard of an electric eel, right?

If you’re a 90s kid, you at least know this guy:

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Real talk, though, there are over 350 species of fish that can detect and/or use electrical activity. They have “electric organs” that receive inputs from the brain, where “electrocytes” are charged by creating a chemical gradient difference that can “discharge” when the gradient is broken down.

Check it out in the video below to see an electric eel leaping out of the water to shock a fake arm, which has been outfitted with LEDs. The electrical discharge from the eel has enough power to light up all the LEDs! You can also see it shock an alligator head. Get a load of how far the charge spreads! It covers almost the entire head.

If you’re curious to learn more about how fish make electricity, check out the video below

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About Nicco Reggente, PhD 167 Articles
Nicco is the co-founder and CEO of WoahStork and Strain Genie-- two companies dedicated to bringing to life his passion of bringing personalized medicine to the cannabis industry. Nicco received his PhD from UCLA in cognitive neuroscience with a focus on machine learning applied to neuroimaging datasets. He previously received two B.As from NYU in Psychology and Philosophy.

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