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Pasfur 04-30-2009 08:09 AM

Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg
 
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I just returned from my honeymoon, so I thought I'd share some pics of my visit to Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg. I have been to a number of public aquariums, and this one is by far the best. Although I must say, I always leave disappointed that they do not do more with their coral reef systems.

Want to know how awesome my new wife is? We sat in front of this aquarium for 2 hours:
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When we tell you this fish is to big to keep in an aquarium, please listen to us:
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In this picture, check out the Powder Blue Tang in the background.
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Here is where I get my screen name:
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The Sohal Tang (Majestic Tang). Probably to big for my 180. :cry:
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And the rare Unicorn Tang:
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Moving on to their reef aquarium. I was surprised to see this Butterfly fish is reef compatable:
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Then I was pleased to see that I am smarter than I realized:
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These Crabs are SALTWATER folks. This is an aquarium. They reach a maximum of 12 feet in length and are found in Japan. Wow.
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A nice Eel shot:
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This Goby did a nice little dance for us:
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It is amazing that they can keep this alive:
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Dinner:
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They say if you step on this fish not to worry, you will be dead before you know the difference:
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That was a Stonefish by the way. Found in the Atlantic. Yes, your friendly neighborhood beach has this fish. Good times. Check out the color on its pec fin:
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And finally, a Volitan Lion:
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beweeb 04-30-2009 04:34 PM

wow thats awesome
do they still have that tank were you can touch the sting rays

Twistersmom 04-30-2009 04:42 PM

Awsome pics & congrats on the great new wife!
Hope the honeymoon was loads of fun for both of you!

Pasfur 04-30-2009 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by beweeb (Post 191694)
wow thats awesome
do they still have that tank were you can touch the sting rays

They do. Pretty neat. If you are ever in Naples, Florida, there is a small "aquarium" there.... more like a pet shop, but a public aquarium nevertheless. Anyhow, they have several nice tanks where you can interact with the animals and pet them. Starfish, crabs, stingrays, etc. Pretty neat for kids.

beweeb 04-30-2009 07:44 PM

i has at the Gatlinburg aquarium a long time ago before i appreciated fish
i would love to go again

burlybear 04-30-2009 08:00 PM

Cool,
Thanks for taking the time to share the photos.
BurlyBear
:thankyou:

chrismcdonald 04-30-2009 09:24 PM

those are some kool pics thanks for them

onefish2fish 04-30-2009 09:29 PM

so did you step on one?
nice shots, looks awesome.


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