Hang Six! Our Flippered Friends Really Do Ride Waves
Surf’s always up at “Penguins’ Rock”
Tenn. (June 4th, 2007) – “Penguins’ Rock” at
the Tennessee Aquarium may be a long way from Shiverpool,
Antarctica, but the gentoos and macaronis act like
they’re the stars of Sony Pictures’ new
film “Surf’s Up.” That’s
because a special wave machine creates ocean-like swells
the penguins really dig.
the wild penguins use waves to help propel their bodies
out of the water and onto the rocky coastlines of the
sub-Antarctic islands they call home. There is
evidence gentoo penguins in particular don’t
just surf to avoid predators or gain momentum.
photographer Andy Rouse photographed gentoo penguins
in the Falkland Islands repeatedly surfing, then waddling
back down the beach only to surf back in again. His
incredible images can be seen in the book “Penguin
see penguins surfing closer to home, check out the
action at the Tennessee Aquarium. “Making
the water dynamic with waves is great enrichment for
the penguins. It’s a more natural environment
for the birds and they seem to really enjoy it,” says
aquarium director of husbandry and operations Jackson
keeper Amy Graves says these little surfer girls and
boys love catching a wave. “When the wave
machine comes on, everybody gets excited and gets in
the pool because it’s something fun and different,” says
Graves. “They jump in at one end, swim through
the waves to the other end, jump out and run back to
the other end to surf again. Just like kids.”
Cody Maverick and Tank are thrilling theater goers
with their animated surfing skills on Pen Gu Island
this summer, thousands will be captivated by the
real deal in Chattanooga. Some of the best surfers
in the world will be hanging six at “Penguins’ Rock.” “It’s
amazing how they can shoot out of the water like
little rockets!” says Graves.
penguins? Dude, that’s sweet!
The Tennessee Aquarium
inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural world. Admission
is $19.95 per adult and $10.95 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 $7.95 per adult and $5.50 per child. Aquarium/IMAX
combo tickets are $24.95 for adults and $14.95 for children.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org
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
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