Thursday, September 25, 2008

Some more awesome pictures!

Our thanks today to Michele Smith for sharing a few of her outstanding images she captured on a recent visit to the Tennessee Aquarium. If Michele isn't a professional photographer, she ought to be. She has a great eye!

Here's what Michele's friend Darrin had to say about their trip to Chattanooga: We made a special trip down to Chattanooga from Nashville specifically to visit your aquarium. Michele had been there years before and it seemed like a great idea for a road trip, while I was visiting Nashville from Colorado Springs. It was a fantastic trip! Except for the rain, it was an incredible trip. We could have spent several more hours just hanging out watching the fish, the sharks, the turtle... It's hard to say what was the best part. The seahorse, sea dragons, the penguins, petting a sting ray, or maybe just listening to the very knowledgeable volunteers telling stories about the animals. It was all fantastic. Unfortunately, timing prevented me from more than just a day trip to your beautiful city, but I hope to come back again. Next time, I hope to make a weekend of it, and spend some time enjoying some of the other activities around town.

Gentoo penguin - taken by Michele Smith

North American river otters - taken by Michele Smith

Feeding time in the Gulf of Mexico exhibit. - taken by Michele Smith

Leafy sea dragon - taken by Michele Smith

Look Closely! A ribboned pipehorse blends in to the scenery. - taken by Michele Smith

Nectar break in the Tennessee Aquarium's Butterfly Garden. - taken by Michele Smith

Friday, September 12, 2008

What will you see?

Great blue heron in flight. - David Rose

It was a special treat to receive an e-mail from David Rose, one of the Tennessee Aquarium's new volunteer docents. He wanted to share these fantastic wildlife pictures he captured while paddling the Tennessee River Gorge this past week. Make sure you take time to click on each picture to bring up the full-sized image. Thanks for sending the great shots David!
Beaver swimming in the Tennessee River Gorge. - David Rose
Turkeys in the Tennessee River Gorge. - David Rose

Raccoon making a rare daytime appearance in the Gorge. - David Rose

A great blue heron fishing along the Tennessee River. - David Rose

Turkey vulture roosting in the Tennessee River Gorge. - David Rose

Osprey in flight with fish in talons. - David Rose

Osprey with lunch underfoot. - David Rose

Let us know what you see aboard the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Nice Note from Recent Visitors

We would like to let you all know that we really enjoyed our recent visit to your aquarium. We had to evacuate for the hurricane from the New Orleans area and found ourselves in Chattanooga. Upon suggestion, we decided to visit the aquarium. Everyone from the ticket office to the ticket takers were very nice. How wonderful! The children 14 and 10 years old really loved your facility. It was a breath of fresh air considering what we were worried about at home. Thank you and keep up the good work. Kudos to you all.
The Petkovich family- Kenner, La.

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope you did not suffer any damage.