Aquarium’s Christmas Tree Display Is ‘Shocking’
The Tennessee Aquarium has a 'shocking' new display that shows off one of the most interesting ways to light a Christmas tree.
Aquarium visitors can watch as Miguel Wattson the Electric Eel power the lights on a nearby Christmas tree.
The aquarium’s audio-video department came up with its new program called, “Shocking around the Christmas Tree.” It uses a system connected to Miguel's tank that converts his shocks into power to light strands of bulbs on a nearby tree.
“Whenever Miguel discharges electricity, sensors in the water deliver the charge to a set of speakers,” says Joey Turnipseed, the Aquarium’s audio-visual production specialist. “The speakers convert the discharge into the sound you hear and the festively flashing lights.”
“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,” Aquarist Kimberly Hurt said. “The bigger flashes are caused by the higher voltage shocks he emits when he’s eating or excited.”
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer could not be reached for comment.