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It was a nasty, rainy day here so we decided to head over for some indoor fun at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. This was apparently what 75% of the rest of the area also had in mind, so it was busy. But we made the best of it and had a fun time checking out all the aquatic life.
We saw eels.
We learned about schooling fish.
And got as close as we could.
My favorite part was the glass tunnel.
We even got to learn about shipwrecks and uncover “treasure” from the sea floor.
Then all of a sudden there was a section about good old Abraham Lincoln. I think there was probably a tie-in with aquarium-related things but we didn’t linger long in that section. Just long enough for this gem.
And somehow Wyatt convinced Poppo to crawl into the clown fish tank.
Now, I know I already said the glass tunnel was my favorite part, but it’s going to have to share first with the penguins.
We got there just in time for a penguin feeding.
We learned that penguins eat a crazy amount of food. So much so that when the penguin exhibit opened the aquarium’s food budget tripled. To make sure each penguin is getting enough food, one person feeds and calls out the penguin’s name, and the other person records it.
I wouldn’t mind that job.
And that was our day at the aquarium. We had a great time and I think we’ll end up back there again someday.
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