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Tennessee Aquarium stars in internationally
released children's video

"The Big Aquarium" takes kids behind the scenes


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Dec. 7, 1998) - Imagine cleaning a tank full of pirhana or hand feeding a sting ray. It's all part of the day's work at "The Big Aquarium," a new children's video that takes viewers behind the scenes at the Tennessee Aquarium.

"The Big Aquarium" is the newest video in the award-winning Big Adventure series created by the Little Mammoth Media. Other videos in the series have gained international recognition. The children's video "The Big Aircraft Carrier" won the 1996 International Monitor Award, competing against programs like the "Muppets" and "Wishbone."

"The Big Aquarium" follows a day in the life of the world's largest freshwater aquarium. Curious viewers will meet the animals that call the aquarium home and learn how they are cared for. The adventure explains the inner workings of the aquarium - from the filters, pumps and computers that maintain the water, to the cleaning crews that maintain the building. Viewers will also tour the quarantine area, a giant fish hospital where new animals are observed before being put on exhibit.

In addition to learning about the aquarium building and the animals that live there, viewers will also meet the people who make this wet world work. The aquarium vet explains how he can tell when fish are sick, and divers talk about what it is like to hand feed sharks and sting rays.

Narrated by children, "The Big Aquarium" will interest viewers of all ages. For example, the video explains that the floor of the Tennessee Aquarium's Cove Forest is refrigerated to help the live trees go through their natural dormant period. Viewers can also learn how the alligator snapping turtle makes dinner come to him. Bright graphics help children compare the size of different animals, understand the way fish gills work and locate the various bodies of water represented in the aquarium.

"The Big Aquarium" premiered Dec. 7, 1998, at the Tennessee Aquarium and sells for $14.95. Ordering information is available in the Aquarium and IMAX gift shops. For each video sold, $1 will be donated to the Aquarium's Southeast Aquatic Research Institute, which engages in environmental research to help keep our aquatic ecosystems healthy.

Little Mammoth Media's programs have won numerous awards including Parent's Choice Awards (considered the Oscar of children's media), Kids First! Endorsements, Parent's Guide to Children's Media Awards, Film Advisory Board's Award of Excellence, Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and International Monitor Awards.

The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is the largest freshwater aquarium in the world. Built with private contributions, this non-profit educational organization is dedicated to the understanding, conservation and enjoyment of the Tennessee River and related ecosystems. Admission is $10.95 per adult and $5.95 per child, ages 3-12. The Aquarium is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas and is accessible to people with disabilities. The Aquarium’s TDD number is (423) 265-4498, and FM assistive listening devices are available on site. For more information, call 1-800-262-0695.
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