Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day from the Tennessee Aquarium

 Here's a Valentine's Day story to warm your heart. Tennessee Aquarium member Laura McClure sent us this adorable card created by her daughters Ruth and Sarah. Laura shared this description of the moment these two youngsters decided to show their love for the Aquarium's creatures:

"I sat down with my 5 year old and 3 year old this weekend to make Valentine's Day cards for family and close friends. My daughter Ruth made this card and insisted I put Happy Valentine's Day to her favorite sharks, stingrays, catfish and penguins at the Aquarium. I hope you and the Aquarium staff will get as much of a chuckle out of this card as my husband and I did. I am sure sharks don't get too many Valentine's cards.
Our family thoroughly enjoys visiting the Aquarium every chance we get." - Laura McClure

 Thanks for the cards girls. We're glad you are Aquarium members and happy to hear you make the most of your membership by enjoying frequent visits to visit your penguin pals and toothy shark friends.

Click on these pictures to send a cool Aquarium creature Valentine to your friends and family. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Groundhog Day 2013 - Chattanooga Chuck's Forecast

Chattanooga Chuck’s 2013 Forecast
On the second day of February I’m put to the test.
A diligent groundhog always strives for the best.
Forecasting weather takes skill and a bit of good luck.
To determine if we need sandals or a pair of muk-luks.
My Aquarium pals always help with this chore.
Groundhogs aren’t the only critters with weather folklore.
I first checked with my friend, little “Blinky” the owl.
If he hoots and hollers, the weather turns foul.
Giant catfish are barometers or something akin.
A cold winter is coming if they have really thick skin.
The American lobster was moving around in full view.
That’s a sure sign of springtime if the folklore is true.
I stopped by a waterfall to observe all the trout.
When they refuse bait, a storm is about.
An urchin forecasts bad weather or so it’s been said,
if he thrusts into the mud like an ostrich burying its head.
I stopped to listen for any frogs that were croakin’.
If they speak three times, then winter has broken.
Parrots and sharks, butterflies and stingrays
All have weather proverbs, but they don’t have a day.
So it’s up to this Groundhog to be weatherwise,
I’ll trust in my senses and just use my eyes.
I’ve searched high and low and what did I see?
Something seems to be missing, a shadow of me.
Many people will celebrate and some start to sing,
‘cuz Chattanooga Chuck predicts….an early spring!

Visit the Tennessee Aquarium to meet ChattanoogaChuck’s Storm Team of Animal Friends.