Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee (Part II)

Penguin swimming

The first part of this multi-part posting of my visit to the Tennessee Aquarium focused on the orchids and butterflies exhibits and a few of stingrays on exhibit. This Part II highlights the reefs and the jelly fish displays. The jelly fish are a bit tough to photograph because they are in constant motion but I was surprised by the number of different varieties that the Tennessee Aquarium had on display and the amount of aquarium space that they had allocated to displaying these interesting creatures. Part III covers the “River Journey” building.

Coral Reef - Tennessee Aquarium

Coral Reef - Tennessee Aquarium

Coral Reef - Tennessee Aquarium

Coral Reef - Tennessee Aquarium

Coral Reef - Tennessee Aquarium

Coral Reef - Tennessee Aquarium

Although I found the reef displays to be very interesting and colourful, it was when I arrived in the area of the jelly fish that I was really impressed. Many, many aquarium tanks have been set up to best exhibit the natural beauty of these creatures. Tough to photograph but exciting and fun to watch as their translucent bodies pass through the various beams of light shining through the aquarium waters.

Jellyfish - Tennessee Aquarium

Jellyfish - Tennessee Aquarium

Jellyfish - Tennessee Aquarium

Jellyfish - Tennessee Aquarium

Jellyfish - Tennessee Aquarium

Jellyfish - Tennessee Aquarium

One of the tanks was a bit eery as, from a distance, the tank looked a bit like a tank full of bobbing skulls from some deep-space experiment.

Jellyfish - Tennessee Aquarium

Jellyfish - Tennessee Aquarium

Jellyfish - Tennessee Aquarium

In another display tank, the jellyfish were all clustered on the bottom of the tank like in a group meeting.

Jellyfish - Tennessee Aquarium

Lots of other things to see in this area but lack of light hampered any decent photography so I’ll just have to try to remember a few things with the help of blurry photos.

The large tanks housing the marine specimens are multi-storey high tanks with large vertical viewing windows.

Aquariums - Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Aquariums - Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee

At the lowest level, you walk through a series of cave/grotto-like sections with plenty of marine fish to see in every direction.

Aquariums - Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Aquariums - Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Lots of fun. Easy to spend a couple of hours in the marine section alone if you really like to watch an excellent selection of marine animals. Previous post is on orchids and butterflies exhibits and a few of the stingrays on exhibit on the top floor of the Tennessee Aquarium. Next post covers the “River Journey” building.

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