CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Amazon Adventure 3D by award-winning SK Films transports viewers to the rainforest with Henry Walter Bates, naturalist and explorer on what’s been called the “most extraordinary scientific adventure of all time” beginning May 26 at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.
Show times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays and 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Fridays to Saturdays.
Filmed on location in the lush Amazon region, Amazon Adventure 3D is a compelling detective story filled with dramatic wildlife footage. Insects and fish that look like leaves, lizards that look like vines, and even birds that appear to be dead branches are only revealed upon closer inspection. When shown using the immersive IMAX with Laser projection system, these natural tricksters appear almost touchable.
Bates’ study of the subtle differences in the patterning of longwing butterflies is a focal point of Amazon Adventure. The discoveries he brought back with him to England provided what Charles Darwin deemed “beautiful proof” for the theory of natural selection. To this day, vulnerable species adapting the appearance of noxious or otherwise dangerous animals is called “Batesian mimicry” in his honor.
After seeing Amazon Adventure 3D, guests can visit the Ocean Journey building to view many longwing butterfly species fluttering about in the Butterfly Garden. There, Batesian mimicry is on full display, allowing Tennessee Aquarium guests to see the evolutionary benefits of hiding in plain sight.
For tickets and more information, visit www.tnaqua.org/plan-your-visit/ticket-information.
For annual Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Club Pass purchase, visit www.tnaqua.org/imax/imax-club.
About The Tennessee Aquarium
The Tennessee Aquarium inspires wonder, appreciation and protection of water and all life that it sustains. Admission is $29.95 per adult and $18.95 per child, ages 3-12. Each ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs. The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket prices are $11.95 per adult and $9.95 per child. Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $37.95 for adults and $26.95 for children. Excursions aboard the new River Gorge Explorer depart daily into “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon.” Cruise tickets are $32.00 per adult and $24.50 per child (3-12). Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit organization. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aquarium and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities.
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