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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ripley's Aquarium In The Smokies: Day 3

Day three in the Smokies and I'm growing restless. Don't get me wrong. Looking at the lovely peaks from our wrap around deck is amazing, but the 458 pictures I've captured of them is good enough for now.

I decided to drag the crew to the Ripley's Aquarium. I had previously read it was one of the, if not the, best aquarium in the country. I'm an enormous Ripley's fan and I never fail to hit one every time I visit out of state, however I never realized Ripley owned an aquarium. What a nice surprise. I was thinking I was going to run into some pretty outrageous specimens. I certainly did!

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has over 10,000 exotic sea creatures. There are more than 350 individual species throughout the squarium.. There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg.

Although Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is hundreds of miles from the ocean, the scenic beauty and the abundance of water all around make the town of Gatlinburg a “natural” location for a world-class aquarium, America’s most fun aquarium.

The Penguin Crawl Tube And One Specimen That Couldn't Help But Give Me His Best Angle

Inside the Penguin Crawl Tube from Ripley's Believe It or Not! on Vimeo.

The penguins of Ripley's Aquarium were more than entertaining. At one point, there was one close to the glass making very small corrections in his body language. A model penguin? Who knew!

The Colossal Crab

By the time I made it up to the case to take a gander at this monstrous beast I was thinking,"does anyone have some drawn butter? A bib? Fork? Anyone?"

Poison Dart Frogs


Sea Urchin

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