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. The aquarium hopes the Christmas tree will spark love and appreciation for the unusual freshwater fish.
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. Wattson has his own account on micro-blogging site Twitter where he shares tweets generated by his sparky self, courtesy of coding by Tennessee Tech University’s iCube centre. The video has garnered over 26,000 views.
ICYMI, here's a video of yours truly attempting to use my discharges to power the lights on a Christmas tree. (SPOILER ALERT ::: Of course I pull it off. My phenomenal cosmic — well, bio-electric — power is basically limitless.) pic.twitter.com/g4r5JPHWoH— Miguel Wattson TNAQ (@EelectricMiguel) December 2, 2019
“They combined electrical engineering and emerging business communication to give the eel a voice,” center director Kevin Liska previously said in a aquarium statement. In between Miguel’s tweets boasting statements like “SHAZAM!!!!” and “ka-BLAMEROO!!!!!,” a video posted to the account shows Miguel shaking in his tank as lights on the nearby tree sputter on and off.
Amazing job bud! You truly have Christmas spirit! This is so cool— A Living Odyssey (@LivingOdyssey) December 2, 2019
Who says don't mix electricity and water? Awesome Christmas spirit!— Tami VandeWeerd (@TamiVW) December 5, 2019
Had to show my son and mom! Reminds me of Journey to the Mysterious island 2 movie . So amazing Miguel! ⚡️⚡️⚡️— Samantha webb (@Samanthawebb10) December 5, 2019
This is so cool! Miguel we need more of you!! 🐉✨— Shirin Karsan (@ShirinKarsan) December 5, 2019
(With AP inputs)