Electric Eel Powering Aquarium’s Christmas Lights 12/04/2019 04:50 pm ET
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium may be shocked to learn that an electric eel named Miguel Wattson is lighting up a Christmas tree.
A special system connected to Miguel’s tank enables his shocks to power strands of lights on a nearby tree, according to a news release.
Miguel releases low-voltage blips of electricity when he is trying to find food, aquarist Kimberly Hurt said. That translates to a rapid, dim blinking of the Christmas lights. When he is eating or excited he emits higher voltage shocks which cause bigger flashes.
The Tennessee Aquarium hopes the Christmas tree will spark love and appreciation for the unusual freshwater fish.