Can An Electric Eel Light Up A Christmas Tree? An Aquarium Tries It—And Succeeds
By Thanussha Priyah, 26 Dec 2019
Image via Tennessee Aquarium
How powerful is Mother Nature’s electrical cord? As it turns out, the electric eel has enough voltage to power a Christmas tree.
For an intriguing experiment, the Tennessee Aquarium placed a tank containing an electric eel named Miguel Wattson beside a Christmas tree. While it appears in the accompanying video like the eel is powering the display’s lights, the aquarium explained it is only “sort of” doing it.
To conduct the test, the Tennessee Aquarium created a system connected to the eel’s tank, which detected the shocks emitted by the creature through some sensors. The power supply would then switch the Christmas lights on and off accordingly.
So, when Miguel searches for food, the lights glow dimly, but when Miguel gets excited or eats, he emits a stronger voltage, causing the lights to shine brighter.
Though the eel isn’t directly powering the lights on the Christmas tree, it’s amusing to see just how much of its voltage is being translated onto the lights. Take a look at it below!
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The Tennessee Aquarium has set up a system to capture bio-electric discharges from its resident electric eel and using it to power Christmas tree lights.
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[via Tennessee Aquarium]
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