Head under the sea with Aquarium’s Ocean Exploration Member Party on August 5

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Escape your worries where life is in the bubbles and discover the wonderful things that surround you when you are under the sea.

Starfish may look like simple creatures, but don’t let their humble appearance fool you. These unusual marine invertebrates have no brains or even blood. They can regrow their lost limbs after injury and push their stomachs out of their mouths to grab and digest their food!

Budding ocean explorers will have the chance to peer under the waves to learn all about starfish and other amazing saltwater creatures at the Tennessee Aquarium’s upcoming Ocean Exploration Member Night on Friday, 5 August, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This free, members-only event will feature close encounters with sea creatures, learning opportunities with the experts who care for them, and ocean-themed games, activities and crafts .

The River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings will be open to visitors, and event sponsor Clumpies Ice Cream will be offering delicious frozen treats with delicious ocean-themed gummy toppings.

Between encountering an abundance of sea creatures and chatting with aquarium experts, guests will have the chance to dig for real shark teeth, craft their own octopus, lend their artistic expertise to a chalk-drawn ocean habitat sidewalks or have their faces painted as their favorite aquatic animals.

The Aquarium’s resident ichthyologist – a fish expert – Dr. Bernie Kuhajda will even lend his expertise to explain how fish like the enormous Gulf Sturgeon can travel between freshwater and saltwater habitats throughout the world. throughout their life.

This underwater exploration is also an opportunity to discover Washed Ashore: The Art of Saving the Seaa temporary exhibit featuring larger-than-life marine animal sculptures made entirely of plastic waste washed up on beaches by the ocean.

Aquarium members may bring as many guests – of any age – as are included in their membership. Double subscriptions are allowed for two, while holders of a family subscription can bring up to seven people.

Advance registration is recommended and guests can register at https://community.tnaqua.org/events/ocean-member-night.

Interested explorers who are not current Aquarium members – or whose membership will expire before the event date – can learn more about membership options at https://tnaqua.org/members/.

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