TENNESSEE AQUARIUM SHOWCASES ANIMAL ATHLETES
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.
Gentoo penguins are the fastest underwater swimming penguins, reaching speeds up to 22 mph.