Electric eel named ‘Miguel Wattson’ powering lights on Christmas tree


CHATANOOGA, TN (WNCN) – An electric eel named Miguel Wattson at the Tennessee Aquarium is earning his keep by powering some Christmas tree lights.

Wattson lives at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chatanooga.

Joey Turnipseed, the Aquarium’s audio-visual production specialist, uses sensors on the tank to harness the eel’s natural electrical discharge to a set of speakers.

“The speakers convert the discharge into the sound you hear and the festively flashing lights,” Turnipseed said.

Wattson even has a Twitter account with nearly 40,000 followers.

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