Meet Miguel Wattson, an electric eel from Tennessee with its own Twitter account. Whenever he discharges a large enough jolt, a tweet will be automatically send out to his account EelectricMiguel. Apart from sending tweets, he also helps power up Christmas trees at the aquarium.

Flashy fish: electric eel powers Tennessee aquarium’s Christmas tree

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 flashy fish goes by the name of Miguel Wattson and has his own Twitter account, @EelectricMiguel.

A special system connected to Miguel’s tank enables his naturally occurring shocks to power strands of lights on a nearby tree, the aquarium said in a news statement. Miguel releases low-voltage blips of electricity when he is trying to find food, aquarist Kimberly Hurt said.

Miguel Wattson TNAQ (@EelectricMiguel)

ICYMI, here’s a video of yours truly attempting to use my discharges to power the lights on a Christmas tree. (SPOILER ALERT ::: Of course I pull it off. My ph…
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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/04/electric-eel-powers-tennessee-aquarium-christmas-tree

8 thoughts on “Meet Miguel Wattson, an electric eel from Tennessee with its own Twitter account. Whenever he discharges a large enough jolt, a tweet will be automatically send out to his account EelectricMiguel. Apart from sending tweets, he also helps power up Christmas trees at the aquarium.”

  1. Have we figured out how they generate electricity yet?

    Cause I want to skip solar and go to eel powered electricity.

  2. Apparently for their Spooktober event he is connected to electrical Jack-o-lanterns that light up when he discharges. That’s what their email said anyway. I haven’t been in a few weeks.

  3. It’s a really nice aquarium. I’ve been several times over the years. I never knew about Miguel.

  4. Brb gonna go follow an eel on twitter

    Update: I followed an eel on Twitter
    What even is my life anymore

  5. The a switch senses the eel juice and turns on the lights. We aren’t to the point of eel slaves being a viable power and/or nutrition source.

    Its a little disappointing that they don’t power the light because its like they’re having a little eel idea.

  6. What is it with Tennessee and electric eels?

    There is a professor at Vanderbilt University (in Nashville not Chattanooga, so not the same eels) who has got several single author papers in *Science*- something which you almost never see- by measuring exactly how and when they shock their prey.

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