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Costumed SCOO-BOO divers and creepy creatures that trick or treat? Time for Thrills & Gills at the Aquarium

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (August 14, 2006) -- If you’re "lurking" for some Halloween fun, creep on over to the Tennessee Aquarium where you can uncover the real facts about the some of the world’s most notorious animals, plus experience the wet and wacky costumed “SCOO-BOO” divers, critter keeper talks and even close encounters of the slimy kind.

Chattanooga-area Wendy’s are offering a coupon for special admission through October.

Aquarium keepers and divers reveal the real facts about the Aquarium’s most fearsome creatures -- like sharks, moray eels, stingrays, piranha, barracuda, alligators, anacondas and even those stinging ghouls of slime: the jellyfish.

Here’s the “slime-up” for the October event:

11 a.m. – Scared-Cat…Fish
Watch divers in wet, wacky and sometimes weird costumes swim with the beautiful fish of Nickajack Lake.
11 & 11:30 a.m. – Bite Fright Dive Show
Experience divers swimming with the exotic fish and sometimes frightening sharks of the Secret Reef.
1 p.m. – Creepy Critter Tales
Let some of our storytellers give you the chills with some of the scariest fish tales around.
1:45 p.m. Jaws & Claws
Watch the feeding of some of our most exotic and mysterious creatures in the Boneless Beauties Gallery
2 p.m. – Bite Fright Dive Show
Experience divers swimming with the exotic fish and sometimes frightening sharks of the Secret Reef.
2 p.m. – Diver’s Delight
The Gulf of Mexico is home to some of the most beautiful and scary creatures in the world. Watch our divers swim with these fishes.
2:30 p.m. – Bite Fright Dive Show
Experience divers swimming with the exotic fish and sometimes frightening sharks of the Secret Reef.
3 p.m. – Swamp Things
Listen to some of our keepers as they talk about the slimy lizards and creepy critters in our Delta Swamp exhibit.
4 p.m. – Jeepers Keepers!
Experience some of the world’s oldest and most frightening creatures during the piranha feeding in our Rivers of the World gallery.

Every day -- At the IMAX 3D Theater you can face off with a wolf eel, hunt with hungry sand tiger sharks or dodge hundreds of voracious Humboldt squids in an inky black sea in “Deep Sea 3D.” Or if you never got your fill of “Jaws,” dive to the depths of the sea to swim with the biggest fish on earth and overcome your greatest fear when you encounter a great white shark in “Sharks 3D.”

Oct. 27 -- “Phantom of the Aqua” Halloween Party -- Dress to impress in your Halloween costume, and celebrate the spooky night with the Aquarium’s bizarre seahorses, squirming octopus and electrifying jellyfish. You’ll see mystical creatures ranging from dragon-like fish to menacing, toothy sharks and peculiar, hovering cuttlefish. Watch in fascination as divers feed the beasts of prey in the deep sea, journey through the galleries for some trick or treat goodies, play games to win prizes and listen to storytellers share spooky tales.

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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 $22.95 for adults and $13.50 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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