This video shows how a US aquarium powers its Christmas tree using an electric eel
- The Tennessee Aquarium connected the tank of its electric eel Miguel Wattson to a Christmas tree to allow the eel's shocks to set the strength of the tree's lights.
- It mostly produces dim blinking lights, but the aquarium said bigger flashes are produced when the eel is excited or eating.
- The eel also has an official Twitter account.
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This year, Tennessee Aquarium's Christmas tree in Chattanooga is lit by the shocks of an electric eel.
The aquarium said it connected a special system to the tank of an electric eel, named Miguel Wattson, and the lights of a Christmas tree.
The intensity of the Christmas tree's lights reflects the strength of the eel's electric discharges as detected by sensors in the tank, according to the eel's official Twitter account.
Typically, the eel's shock only produces dim blinking lights, but aquarist Kimberly Hurt explained that bigger flashes are produced when the eel is excited or eating.
In a Facebook video by the aquarium, Hurt said the eel uses the flashes to place himself in his surroundings, similar to dolphins who make echoes, or to stun potential prey.
On the eel's official Twitter account, operated by aquarium staff, Wattson boasted about his ability to light up the Christmas tree's lights.
"Of course I pull it off. My phenomenal cosmic - well, bio-electric - power is basically limitless," Wattson said.
His Twitter feed also included some of his most intimate thoughts ,which mostly include boasting statements such as "SHAZAM!!!!" and "ka-BLAMEROO!!!!!"
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