TEN­NESSEE AQUAR­IUM SHOW­CASES AN­I­MAL ATH­LETES

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Did you know some ants can carry 50 times their body weight? That Al­li­ga­tor Snap­ping Tur­tles can hold their breath for 40 min­utes or a hum­ming­bird flaps its wings about 80 times a sec­ond?

Dur­ing t he up­com­ing Ironman 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day and Sun­day, Sept. 9-10, and again dur­ing the Ironman week­end on Sept. 2324, vis­i­tors to the Ten­nessee Aquar­ium will be able to put their own ath­letic abil­i­ties to the test.

Guests can leap like a lemur, solve an oc­to­pus puz­zle and see how their abil­ity to with­stand frigid wa­ters com­pares to a pen­guin’s. Then, they’ll meet an­i­mals whose ex­tra­or­di­nary abil­i­ties help them meet these chal­lenges ev­ery day.

“We hope that while guests are com­pet­ing, they also gain an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for some of na­ture’s most amaz­ing an­i­mal feats,” said se­nior ed­u­ca­tor/an­i­mal trainer Susie Grant. “These re­mark­able abil­i­ties are part of what helps them sur­vive as they search for food and avoid be­ing din­ner for some­one else.”

An­i­mal Ath­letes pro­gram­ming is free with Aquar­ium ad­mis­sion or Aquar­ium mem­ber­ship. Par­tic­i­pants can pick up a score card at the reg­is­tra­tion ta­ble in the River Jour­ney lobby. Upon com­plet­ing the days’ ac­tiv­i­ties, guests can re­turn to the River Jour­ney Lobby to claim an An­i­mal Ath­letes medal.

PHOTO BY TODD STAILEY

Gen­too pen­guins are the fastest un­der­wa­ter swim­ming pen­guins, reach­ing speeds up to 22 mph.

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