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Legends of the Deep Lecture Series
A chance to meet two men with incredible tales of shark encounters

The Tennessee Aquarium is proud to bring two of the world’s leading experts on sharks to Chattanooga. Rodney Fox and Stan Waterman will not only amaze you with their incredible shark stories, they also hope to inspire others to see these powerful animals as a natural resource that needs protection.

Worldwide sharks are in trouble. From over fishing to habitat destruction many shark species are listed as either threatened or endangered.

At the Tennessee Aquarium’s Ocean Journey visitors learn about these predators daily during interactive dive shows.

But there is another arm of the Aquarium that many visitors may not be aware of,
The Tennessee Aquarium Research Institute in Cohutta, Georgia ( Habitat destruction and over fishing have also taken a toll on area lakes and streams and their living residents. “While the Tennessee Aquarium’s research is primarily focused on freshwater animals such as Lake Sturgeon, we can’t overlook the importance of marine animals and their habitats,” said Dr. Anna George, director of the Tennessee Aquarium Research Institute. “Because of the connectivity of the aquatic world, our actions upstream affect not only the health of our local streams, but also the world’s oceans.”

An Evening with Rodney Fox - Friday, Jan. 19, 7 – 9 p.m.
Hear one of the most fascinating shark stories of all time as Rodney Fox tells the amazing miracle of his escape from the jaws of death. In 1963, Fox survived a devastating attack by a Great White shark and to this day has a part of the shark’s tooth embedded in his wrist. Rodney Fox will talk about this experience and how it led to building the first underwater observation shark cages and first expedition to locate and film Great White sharks. He is committed to building awareness for these incredible denizens of the deep and his foundation is a powerful tool for conserving them in the wild. He also helped to tag Great Whites for the Australian government. Many will remember seeing his biography in National Geographic’s documentary, Hunt for the Great White Shark, originally titled The Fox and the Shark, on TV. Fox is also known as expedition leader on the IMAX film Search For The Great Sharks, as well as underwater photographer for the original Jaws movie, and Blue Water White Death. Rodney will discuss his experiences as a researcher, survivor and underwater filmmaker and show short clips from some of his memorable films.

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An Evening with Stan Waterman - Saturday, March 10, 7 – 9 p.m.
Stan Waterman is a true pioneer in the discovery of the sea, our last frontier, which he has explored for more than half a century. The world renowned underwater film maker and photographer, and winner of five Emmy's, has been at the forefront of scuba diving since its inception. He may be best known for collaborating on the classic shark movie Blue Water, White Death and directing underwater photography for The Deep. This is a rare opportunity to hear this legendary gentleman of diving who will share his adventures and encounters with wild animals, as well as some of his experiences as a movie & TV producer and film maker. He will introduce three of his most popular thirty-minute films — Ancient Wreck Dives, Blue Water, White Death and Modern Day Diving. We invite you to meet Stan during a book signing with copies of his book
Sea Salt: Memories and Essays for sale at the end of the evening.
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To make a reservation for either of these programs; $15/Members; $20/Non-Member

To schedule an interview contact Thom Benson at 785-3007 or Betty Miles at 785-3008. B-roll will also be available.


The Tennessee Aquarium inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural world. Admission is $14 per adult and $7.50 per child, ages 3-12. Each ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs. The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket prices are $7.75 per adult and $5.25 per child. Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $18 for adults and $10.50 for children. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit organization. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aquarium and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities. Members enjoy unlimited visits and other benefits. Call 267-FISH to join.

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