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Dive Into Winter” at the Tennessee Aquarium
No jive – new holiday offerings get the high five
with creatures featured in Ocean Journey

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Oct. 27, 2005) – “Dive Into Winter” is a Tennessee Aquarium tradition that’s getting a cool new twist just in time for the holidays. This year visitors can experience a host of new treats in both the River Journey and the new Ocean Journey buildings.

The highlight of “Dive Into Winter” is the Aquarium’s narrated dive shows, and this year the dives will take place in the new saltwater Secret Reef tank, home to enormous sand tiger sharks and thousands of colorful reef fish. During the Secret Reef dives, Aquarium guests will learn more about this habitat, its animals and also will hear from our diver inside the exhibit. (SPECIAL NOTE – Due to the dangerous nature of the feeding behaviors of the sharks, these will NOT be feeding dives.)

In addition, visitors can watch as Aquarium staff feed the small bamboo sharks and stingrays in the Shark Island exhibit, observe butterfly releases and learn more about the beautiful hyacinth macaws. In the River Journey building, guests can observe working dives in River Journey’s Nickajack and Gulf of Mexico exhibits, watch the seahorses slurp their supper and take a behind-the-scenes tour of both buildings. Gallery programs throughout the day give guests an up-close look at the behaviors and adaptations of other aquarium creatures.

“Dive Into Winter” daily schedule - Nov. 19, 2005 - Feb. 26, 2006
(The Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.)

Ocean Journey:
10:15 a.m. Feeding at Shark Island
10:30 a.m. Butterfly release
11 a.m. Secret Reef dive show
11:30 a.m. Secret Reef dive show
1 p.m. Macaw program
2 p.m. Secret Reef dive show
2:30 p.m. Secret Reef dive show
3:30 p.m. Secret Reef feeding
4 p.m. Butterfly release

River Journey:
11 a.m. Nickajack Lake dive
2 p.m. Gulf of Mexico dive
3 p.m. Behind-the-Scenes tour
3:30 p.m. Seahorse feeding

After your Aquarium adventure cross the street to the IMAX 3D Theater and get in a festive mood with a one of two holiday films.

“The Polar Express 3D” takes viewers on an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole where they’re immersed in the 3D experience—grasping at falling snowflakes, ducking as the train screeches into their laps and feeling the howl of the steam whistle. Using state-of-the-art technology, the film create a unique blend of realism and fantasy and tells of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Special pricing for this full-length (one hour and 40 minute) IMAX 3D feature film, “The Polar Express”: Adults 12 and older – Member $8.95, Non-member $9.95; Children – Member $6.95, Non-member $7.50. Tennessee Aquarium members can make complimentary advance reservations by calling 265-0698.

“Santa vs. the Snowman 3D” delivers a bag full of laughs for the holidays with a tale of unstoppable hilarity and visual magic that may just become the most popular, must-see holiday family tradition for years to come. “Santa vs. the Snowman” brings the laugh-out-loud story of a Santa/Snowman showdown to the IMAX large-format screen. This immersive adventure transports kids of all ages from the theatre straight to Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole.

Purchase tickets by calling 800-262-0695. To purchase tickets online, visit www.tennesseeaquarium.org, where you also can plan a holiday getaway to Chattanooga and check the IMAX movie schedule for additional movies and showtimes.

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The Tennessee Aquarium inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural world. Admission is $17.95 per adult and $9.50 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 $7.95 per adult and $5.50 per child. Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $21.95 for adults and $12.50 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 to join.

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Special thanks to our Dive Into Winter sponsors:
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