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Electric Eel Powers Christmas Lights at Aquarium in Tennessee

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Posted at 10:07 AM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 12:40:17-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — An electric eel at the Tennesee Aquarium is turnin' it up a little this holiday season.

The underwater resident, whose name is Miguel Wattson, has become the star attraction at the aquarium. The Aquarium's audio visual production specialist attached sensors to Wattson's tank that harnesses his natural electrical discharge to a set of speakers.

"The speakers convert the discharge into the sound you hear and the festively flashing lights," Joey Turnipseed explained in a statement.

So, why is this Uncle Fester-like phenomenon happening?

(cue The Addams Family theme song)

"The rapid, dim blinking of the lights is caused by the constant, low-voltage blips of electricity he releases when he's trying to find food," explained Aquarist Kimberly Hurt.

"The bigger flashes are caused by the higher voltage shocks he emits when he's eating or excited."

If you'd like to keep up with Miguel Wattson — the famous and talented eel in Tennessee — he's got a Twitter page now.