SharkFest, A Frenzy Of Fun At The Tennessee Aquarium, Set For Aug. 2

Friday, July 19, 2013 - by Thom Benson
- photo by Tennessee Aquarium

If Sharknado whetted your appetite and you think Shark Week should be “Shark Month,” then you’ll love the Tennessee Aquarium’s SharkFest on Friday, Aug. 2. “It’s the one time each year that we pull out all the stops to celebrate sharks,” said Thom Demas, the aquarium’s curator of fishes. “This year we have everything from new baby Epaulette sharks to an extensive ancient shark tooth collection on display.”

Shark fans can get an early start by viewing a special 5 p.m screening of Great White Shark 3D at IMAX. This new film, released in May, takes audiences on an underwater adventure to four of the world’s Great White Shark hotspots. People love seeing 16-foot long Great Whites leaping out of the water and silently swimming past SCUBA divers. Rather than trying to scare people, filmmaker D.J. Roller wanted to give audiences a virtual dive experience that helps everyone appreciate these amazing animals. “The giant IMAX screen is one of the most visually immersive mediums in the world,” said Mr. Roller. “So I think we’re able to give people a new view of Great White Sharks and deeper appreciation for the ocean.”

SharkFest officially begins at 6 p.m. with a frenzy of fun including:


  • Cowboy Kyle’s Shark Roundup – Enjoy a rodeo where Cownose rays surround Epaulette Shark pups in a saltwater corral.
  • Dr. Bernie’s Travelin’ Shark Show – Touchable museum specimens like an Angel Shark and Dogfish will either fuel, or cure “shark fever.”
  • Fintastic Shark Hairdo and Temporary Shark Tattoo Stations – Get a little dab of gel and show your SharkTacular spirit with a dorsal fin hairdo. Add a Great White Shark tattoo and show your toothy grin.
  • Massive Megalodon (Prehistoric shark species) Tooth Display – Once upon a time shark jaws were truly enormous. You’ll be amazed by this collection of fossilized teeth.
  • Interactive Shark Dive Programs – Discover what it’s like SCUBA diving with the Aquarium’s Sandbar and Sand Tiger sharks. Quiz the divers and learn about these top predators.
  • Shark Cart Programs – Jawsome facts will be delivered by an Aquarium educator who gives kids a chance to have some hands-on fun with shark bio-props.
  • Cool Treat - After feasting on shark facts throughout the evening, guests will receive a FREE scoop of “Shark Week Frenzy” ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery.

Register online for SharkFest at the Tennessee Aquarium: www.tnaqua.org/events 

SharkFest is free for aquarium members; $12.50 non-member adult/$7.50 non-member child (ages 3-12)

Add  the special 5 p.m. screening of Great White Shark 3D at IMAX for $6.


Tennessee Tourism To Showcase Summer Campaign At Chattanooga Lookouts Game

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development in partnership with Tennessee Minor League Baseball will host Trail Night at the Ballpark!  July 30  at the Chattanooga Lookouts game. This event is part of a special summer campaign which showcases the 16 Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways to families and fans attending nine minor league games across the state. ... (click for more)

Summer Fun Continues In Tennessee

Don’t miss more summer fun in Tennessee. Make plans now before the kids go back to school and those first cool breezes of fall begin to arrive. From the last summer road trip to the last dip in the lake and a scoop or two of ice cream, here are a few ideas of how to make the most of summer moments Made in Tennessee. Last road trip Gas up the car, crank up the air conditioning ... (click for more)

Thousands Line Route For Funeral Procession Of Sailor Slain In Chattanooga Shooting; Wife Sings Song At Funeral She Was Singing When They Met

Thousands of people waving flags and signs again lined the streets and highways of Chattanooga for the second of two local funerals for military personnel slain by a gunman on July 16. And at the funeral service for Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith, his wife, Angie, sang the song she was singing the first time they met. She said she was singing "You say it best when ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Who Declared He Was "An Innocent Man" On Child Pornography Charges Gets Conviction, 24-Year Sentence Overturned

The Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a Chattanooga man who claimed at his trial and sentencing that he was wrongfully convicted by a jury of possession and distribution of child pornography. James Paul Lowe had been sentenced in May to serve 24 years in federal prison. After the sentencing, he had bid his family goodbye and told them to ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Strong

The hearts, minds and prayers of Tennesseans, and of the entire nation, have been turned toward Chattanooga this month.  We are sickened and saddened by the senseless tragedy, and we grieve for the families of the five service members who were killed, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Could Obama Win Again?

When President Barack Obama spoke to the African Union yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he made a pretty brash statement: “I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” he told the African leaders. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.” While everyone is entitled to their opinion, I don’t think that’s true. Obviously, term limits keep Obama from running, but as I sit ... (click for more)