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  • Big_Eyes.jpg – ©John Anderson/Terramar Productions
    Cutline: A fish takes shelter on a reef in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. The Flower Garden Banks, located 110 miles off the coast of Texas, was the inspiration for the Secret Reef exhibit in the Tennessee Aquarium’s new Ocean Journey building.

  • Coral_Reef.jpg – Tennessee Aquarium
    Cutline: Coral reefs teem with life and provide food and shelter for an amazing number of species. These “rainforests of the ocean” face serious threats to their existence, including pollution and climate change.

  • Cuttlefish.jpg – ©Gary Bell/
    Cutline: A cuttlefish is a master of disguise and can change both the color and texture of its skin to help it blend in with surrounding rocks and coral.

  • Divers.jpg – ©John Anderson/Terramar Productions
    Cutline: Divers in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary find themselves surrounded by more than 25 different species of coral.

  • HyacinthMacaw.jpg – Todd Stailey/Tennessee Aquarium
    Cutline: Reaching heights of more than 3 feet, the hyacinth macaw is one of the largest members of the parrot family.

  • JapaneseSpiderCrab.jpg – Tennessee Aquarium
    Cutline: The giant Japanese spider crab is found near vents and holes in the ocean floor at depths of 100 to 165 feet.

  • JapaneseSpiderCrab2.jpg – Tennessee Aquarium
    Cutline: With a body that can reach 15 feet in diameter and a leg span that can reach 15 feet, the giant Japanese spider crab is the largest of all crab species.

  • Octopus.jpg – Tennessee Aquarium
    Cutline: An intelligent and highly adaptable animal, the octopus can see as well as a human being and can dramatically change its color to blend into its environment or to attract a mate.

  • Sandtiger_Shark1.jpg – ©Gary Bell/
    Cutline: The sleek sand tiger shark, also known as the gray nurse shark, can reach a length of 10 feet and weigh more than 250 pounds.

  • Sandtiger_Shark2.jpg –©Gary Bell/
    Cutline: Like all sharks, this sand tiger shark possesses a sixth sense that allows it to sense electrical fields. This electroreception helps the shark find fish or other prey hidden in the sand.

  • West_Coast_Nettle.jpg – Tennessee Aquarium
    Cutline: Simple, yet elegant. Jellyfish are 97 percent water, have a limited nervous system, no eyes, no ears and no brain. Yet they have survived for thousands of years and are found in oceans throughout the world.

  • PaperKite.jpg – Tennessee Aquarium
    Cutline: Butterflies, like this paper kite butterfly, are members of the order Lepidoptera. The name is derived from the Greek words meaning “scale” and “wing.”

  • BlueMorpho.jpg – Dave Collins/Tennessee Aquarium
    Cutline: The blue morpho is just one of many species of butterfly found in the rooftop Butterfly Garden in the Tennessee Aquarium’s new Ocean Journey building. Not only will visitors see free-flying butterflies, but lush tropical plants and exotic flowers also surround them.

  • GreenTriangle.jpg – Tennessee Aquarium
    Cutline: Hundreds of butterflies, like this green triangle, will take flight in the rooftop Butterfly Garden in the Tennessee Aquarium’s new Ocean Journey building.

  • EXP riverview.jpg – Chermayeff, Sollogub & Poole, Inc.
    Cutline: An artist’s rendering of the Tennessee Aquarium. The original Aquarium building, called River Journey, is on the right, while the new saltwater building, called Ocean Journey, is on the left.

  • AerialAquarium.jpg – ©Matt McLelland
    Cutline: The Tennessee Aquarium’s River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings on the riverfront in downtown Chattanooga. With more than 1.1 million gallons of water, the two Tennessee Aquarium buildings tell the story of water as it flows from the mountains to the sea.
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