Birds and fish used as candles

If the power goes out and you don't have any candles, no problem. At least, if you happen to be in the Shetland Islands. Just stick a wick down the throat of a dead stormy petrel, and it can be used as a candle. The McGill University Office for Science and Society confirms this strange factoid. In fact, it notes that in Denmark Great Auks used to be used for the same purpose.

Or, if you're in Alaska, a candlefish can be lit on fire and used for illumination. A National Geographic video (below) shows candlefish (aka eulachon) being caught, processed, and used as candles.

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Dec 22, 1929

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 16, 2019
     Category: Animals

"Minneapolish" Star Tribune
Posted by Joshua Zev Levin, Ph.D. on 12/16/19 at 09:03 PM
JZL -- Oops. Just fixed it. Thanks for the catch!
Posted by Alex on 12/17/19 at 09:41 AM
It's the Polish language edition.
Posted by ges on 12/17/19 at 07:09 PM
It's a portmanteau of Minneapolis and fish.
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