Electric Eel Lights Up Christmas Tree in Aquarium

06 Décembre, 2019, 08:26 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Visitors to the Tennessee aquarium may be shocked to learn that the Christmas tree is being powered by an unusual renewable energy source - an electric eel.

The program, which is called "Shocking around the Christmas Tree", features a special system connected to Miguel's tank that allows him to power Christmas tree lights.

Christmas lights are being controlled by an electric eel at one aquarium in the United States.

"Whenever Miguel discharges electricity, sensors in the water deliver the charge to a set of speakers", explained Joey Turnipseed, the Aquarium's audio visual production specialist.

"The speakers convert the discharge into the sound you hear and the festively flashing lights".

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The eel releases the low blips of electricity when it's trying to find food, aquarist Kimberly Hurt said. When he is eating or excited he emits higher voltage shocks which cause bigger flashes.

Wattson has his own Twitter account where he shares tweets generated by his sparky self, courtesy of coding by Tennessee Tech University's iCube centre.

"They combined electrical engineering and emerging business communication to give the eel a voice", center director Kevin Liska said.

The aquarium hopes its latest festive effort will spur further interest in the freshwater fish.

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