Bridgepixing the Tennessee Aquarium Footbridge, Downtown Chattanooga, on the banks of the Tennessee River. Additional Bridge Photos and Bridge Blog at www.Bridgepix.com.
The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee is the largest freshwater aquarium in the world. The original "River Journey" facility is organized around the theme of "the story of the river", following the path of a raindrop from high in the Appalachian Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 2/3 of the walk the facility's display follows this theme, with the rest given over to smaller aquatic exhibits hosting organisms from around the world. The self-guided tour takes visitors through three living forests exhibits that teem with life above and below the water’s surface. Along the way, visitors see thousands of animals like free-flying song birds, snapping turtles, sandbar and sand tiger sharks, stingrays, river otters, moray eels and colorful reef fish.
The new facility, opened in April 2005, ostensibly follows the theme of an "Ocean Journey", though with much less consistency than the original. However this facility does include more 'user-friendly' displays, such as a large shark and ray 'touch tank', large macaws, a butterfly garden with South American species on constant display, as well as the very large ocean tank itself. Other visitor favorites include the "Boneless Beauties" gallery where guests enjoy invertebrates like jellyfish, cuttlefish, giant Pacific octopus and Japanese spider crabs. An even newer 16,000 gallon penguin exhibit, with ten macaroni and ten gentoo penguins, which opened May 3, 2007. (Wikipedia)