Our Day At The Tennessee Aquarium

The Tennessee Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Chattanooga, the fourth-largest state in Tennessee, United States. It was first opened in 1992 on the banks of the Tennessee River and in 2005, a major expansion project was done. The Aquarium is home to over 1200 animals and 800 different species. It is easily considered one of the country’s top public aquariums with over 2 million people having visited it over the years.

The facility is divided into two structures, the River Journey building, and the Ocean Journey expansion. The two have different exhibits and any visitors will benefit from touring both facilities to see all the variety available.

River Journey
This was the largest fresh water aquarium in the world when it first opened. It’s theme followed the Story of the River, from when a single raindrop falls from the high Appalachian Mountains down to the Gulf of Mexico. A large part of this aquarium follows this theme with the rest devoted to showcasing smaller aquatic exhibits of organisms from around the world.
Major exhibits in the River Journey include:

The Appalachian Cove Forest

This features the River Otter Falls also displaying Free-flying North-American song birds, native fish species such as daces, darters, hog suckers. Redhorse, trout and an artificial waterfall. Delta Country – Features the Alligator Bayou with American alligators and alligator snapping turtles. Rivers of the Worlds – This exhibit most interesting character is the electric eel which 'communicates' electrically with the audience through Twitter.

The Tennessee River gallery

It's centrepiece is the Nickajack Lake tank which features species from the Tennessee River itself such as the channel catfish and American paddlefish River Giants – This contains huge freshwater fish from all over the world such as the giant pangasius, Redtail catfish, arapaima and giant freshwater stingray.

Ocean Journey
This is the bigger facility of the two, measuring in at 60000 square feet and with a height equivalent to a ten-story building. It follows the River journey into the Gulf of Mexico. This facility is home to a beautiful butterfly garden, small sharks and rays and hyacinth macaws.
Major exhibits in this journey include:

The Secret Reef

This is the largest tank in this facility and depicts the environment of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. It can be viewed from three levels including and under walk-through feature and the Undersea Cavern. Species housed here include the Sand Tier Sharks, bonnet head sharks and green sea turtles. The Boneless Beauties and Jellies. This hosts exactly what its name implies, but what's interesting is that it includes living art: rotating exhibits of art glass alongside jellyfish.

Penguins Rock

This display both onshore and swimming penguins such as the Gentoo penguins and macaroni penguins.

Apart from the exhibits, you will find that the aquarium hosts several other fun activities. An IMAX 3D theatre is located within the complex and a 65-foot catamaran tour boat.

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