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Tennessee Aquarium lights Christmas tree using electric eel

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Source: (Tennessee Aquarium)(WVLT)
Published: Dec. 4, 2019 at 8:39 AM EST
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The Tennessee Aquarium is using an electric eel named Miguel Wattson to light up a Christmas tree.

The aquarium says a system connected to Miguel's tank enables his shocks to power strands of lights on a nearby tree. Aquarist Kimberly Hurt says Miguel releases low-voltage blips of electricity when he is trying to find food.

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. Miguel is something of a celebrity. He even has a Twitter account.

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12/4/2019 7:46:01 AM (GMT -5:00)

🎄⚡️🎄 Join us live in the Rivers of the World gallery where we’ll be kicking off an especially eel-uminating new holiday tradition at the Aquarium! 🎄⚡️🎄

Posted by Tennessee Aquarium on Monday, December 2, 2019

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