Monday, November 24, 2008

Feast for the Eyes

Today is a perfect example of why we need a tropical break every now and then. Temperatures are in the 40s and it's raining. So the light, warmth and colorful butterflies in the Tennessee Aquarium's Butterfly Garden are especially inviting. Some species prefer fruit rather than gathering nectar from the beautiful blooms on the plants. So these butterflies have been given a colorful fruit wreath as a tasty treat. We invite everyone to enjoy a Tropical Holiday Adventure while family and friends are in the area this time of year. Escape the chilly weather and enjoy some of the special holiday activities at the Tennessee Aquarium. Check out the daily schedule here:

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Can you hear me now?

Next time you visit the Tennessee Aquarium, bring your cell phone so you can dial into our new audio tour. Want to know more about penguins? Penguin-keeper Amy Graves has some fun facts about gentoos and macaronis. Entemologist Jennifer Taylor has details about the delicate beauties in the butterfly garden. Gee whiz gator facts, more about macaws, trout trivia and snappy answers about your snapping turtle questions. Sixteen audio stops are spread out between both Aquarium buildings.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Connect with your Aquarium Friends

We're glad you stop by from time to time to check out what's going on at the Aquarium. Some people may want to "dive a little deeper" to keep up with their Aquarium friends.

So we invite everyone to become a fan of the Tennessee Aquarium on facebook, be a friend on myspace, add photos to our flickr page, subscribe to our YouTube channel
and follow us on twitter

There are fun videos, awesome images and much more. Join these sites and share your thoughts and pictures while connecting to a global network of Aquarium fans.

Wow! So many FIN-tastic ways to see what's hoppin' at the Aquarium and share your fun with other birds of a feather.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Wild Weather Aboard the River Gorge Explorer

"If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute and it will change." It's not real clear who first coined this humorous look at a certain locality's variable weather conditions. It has been attributed to many including Mark Twain and Will Rogers. Many locations have adopted the saying as if to boast about the weirdness of their weather. Try a Google search and you'll be amazed...Colorado, Texas, New England and others lay claim to sixty-second wild weather flip-flops. So the Tennessee River Gorge ought to be included in the list. A sharp cold front passed through the area Friday night bringing a variety of weather to the Chattanooga area. Captain Pete tells me the passengers aboard the River Gorge Explorer enjoyed a climatologically wild ride Saturday. "We had a little bit of rain, sleet, snow and two full rainbows. It was wild," said Captain Pete. "In fact, there were two times with full sun. Not just a few breaks in the clouds, but totally sunny sky overhead. And when we turned around, we didn't have any wind and it was really nice out on the observation deck." Many people might think the best river cruising weather is over. But if you ask Captain Mike or Captain Pete, they will tell you the best is yet to come. Winter is their favorite time on the river. "You can see more in winter," says Captain Pete. Fear not fair weather fans. The River Gorge Explorer is climate-controlled, so no matter how long you wait...the weather inside will always be comfortable and quite predictable.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Experience the Ray Buffet

Starting on Monday, November 3rd, some guests of the Aquarium got the opportunity to feed some of the southern and Atlantic rays that take residence on Shark Island in Ocean Journey.

One of the younger guests featured in this video describes feeding the rays like, "feeling like a worm sliding down my hand." Sounds like quite an aquatic experience!

Guests only get the opportunity to feed the rays while the food lasts, so get there early if you want to try it out!

Monday, November 3, 2008

An Update On The River Gorge Explorer

Thanks to a new grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, there have been even more explorers aboard the Tennessee River Gorge Explorer. The grant from the Foundation allowed for 3rd-5th graders from Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy to discover the importance of freshwater conservation. In late October, the tour became an eco-adventure for these students when they tested water quality, searched for native species and learned about freshwater habitats.

You too can be part of the exploration of the Tennessee River Gorge while visiting the Riverfront of Chattanooga. Leaving from the Chattanooga Pier, the Explorer takes guests on a tour of "Tennessee's Grand Canyon," as you pass through Signal and Raccoon Mountain. The River Gorge Explorer is a 70 passenger high-speed catamaran creates an adventure on the Tennessee River.

It is a beautiful way to see the fall foliage as well as get a glimpse at the wildlife we are so privileged to have in our own backyard. Chattanooga's fall climate in perfect for viewing the many colors of changing leaves. This gorgeous climate also attracts migrating hawks. The naturalist on-board is always keeping a keen eye out to point out the wildlife seen from the cruise.

For more information check out the official web page for the River Gorge Explorer.