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Aquariums Tennessee USA

Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee (Part III)

In the River Journey building, you start your tour in the lower levels where there is a wonderful display of seahorses but first I had to get past the Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) which, I guess, was the display creature of the day. For those who need to know such things, the horseshoe crab is ‘bled’ to obtain Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) which is an aqueous extract of amoebocytes. LAL reacts with bacterial endotoxin or lipopolysaccharide and it is this reaction which is the basis of a test called the LAL test. The LAL test is used in the pharmaceutical industry to detect the presence of, or quantity of, gram negative bacteria endotoxins. Prior to acceptance of this test, a rabbit test was used for this quality testing purpose. When I was an inspector of parenteral drug manufacturing sites back in the ’70s, this LAL test was still considered a new test method and was still undergoing validation procedures in parallel to testing in rabbits. I think that the ladies showing me their horseshoe crab were a bit surprised that I knew this much about their horseshoe crab:-). I was surprised at how little I had forgotten in 30 years! LOL

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Aquariums Tennessee USA

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

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Aquariums Tennessee USA

Tennessee Aquarium – Chattanooga, Tennessee (Part 1)

The Tennessee Aquarium located in Chattanooga, Tennessee is housed in two buildings located beside each other on the riverbank of the Tennessee River. One of the buildings is for predominately saltwater exhibits (the “Ocean Journey”), and the other is for predominately freshwater exhibits (the “River Journey”). An admission ticket to one building includes admission to the other building with a short outdoors walk to go from one building to the other. I began my visit by going to the “Ocean Journey” first. Inside, an escalator takes you quickly to the top floor of the building where there are a number of aquatic exhibits as well as many orchids and a butterfly exhibit area.

My cold camera met the near jungle environment with its high humidity and I was out of photographic business until I got my lenses to unfog many minutes later. Spent the time looking around, speaking to volunteer staff and another photographer who was, likewise, waiting for his camera equipment to warm up. Although this blog series is about a public aquarium, this first in the series will focus on mostly the orchids and butterflies found in these upper display area.

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Aquariums Florida USA

Cycling in Florida – Ponce Inlet – Marine Science Center

The Marine Science Center at Ponce Inlet is closed on Mondays so, since we had decided to delay our northward travels due to a severe winter storm crossing the northern US, we were able to return to Ponce Inlet on Tuesday for a bit more cycling and a visit to the Marine Science Center.

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Aquariums Canada Explorer Quebec Quebec City

The Aquarium (Aquarium du Québec), Sainte-Foy, Quebec City, Québec

The Aquarium (Aquarium du Québec), Sainte-Foy, Quebec City, Québec

Day 2 of my trip from my home in Ottawa, Ontario to Moncton, New Brunswick with my 91 y.o. father.  We stayed in a hotel on the outskirts of Montreal the night before because I was having a bit of an electrical problem with my car’s lighting system and I decided that driving in the dark without lights might not be such a good idea. Solved the problem pretty quickly in the morning light and we were on our way again.  Next stop, Quebec City.