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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Opens Killer New Exhibit “Lethal Weapons”


Exclusive exposition explores the battlefield beneath the sea as creatures of all sizes and shapes fight for survival.

The innovative and fascinating new exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a Killer Exhibit. It features dozens of the most shocking and deadly creatures of the sea along with a host of hands-on interactive displays that will truly leave any visitor with a spine tingling and unique experience.

‘Lethal Weapons’ takes visitors beyond the traditional jaws and maws survival story to discover some of the most lethal animals on earth, exploring their daily struggle for survival. The show, created specifically for Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, is free with admission and will be on display throughout 2009.

‘The new exhibit gives our guests the opportunity to witness the deadly environment that exists in the sea. An exciting element to the presentation is a hands-on opportunity to help understand the constant struggle between the peaceful population of the sea and the lethal animals who share the same waters, for survival, ‘ said Steve File, general manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

For millenniums the sea has evoked the serene harmony of nature, but beneath this placid exterior, there’s a war going on. The sea is a battlefield. To survive, every living creature is engaged in an ever-escalating arms race. The stakes are huge for each critter: life or death; survival or extinction.

As the name Lethal Weapons implies, the exhibit is loaded with examples of those survivors. Everything from a Portuguese Man of War who stings everything it touches to crowns of thorns starfish the most lethal coral predator on the planet are on display.

Tangle with a golf ball sized warrior that packs enough poison to kill 26 humans!
Match skills with an insect assassin that shoots down tree-bound bugs!
Challenge a boxing shrimp that lands a punch with the force of a bullet!
Marvel at a lethal snail that catches and devours fish!
Experience an electric eel that generates a 500-volt jolt!

The aquarium is located at traffic light #5 on the Parkway in Gatlinburg and is open 365 days a year. For information call 888-240-1358 or see us on the web at

About Ripley’s Aquariums

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies (, the second most attended attraction in Tennessee, was Voted The Number One Aquarium in America by and Forbes Traveler has named it one of America’s best aquariums. More than 100, 000 exotic sea creatures live in its 1.4 million gallons of water. The aquarium is known for its shark exhibit that features 12-foot sharks and one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. family of worldwide entertainment facilities that includes another world class aquarium – Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, S.C. More than 13 million people visit Ripley’s 70-plus attractions in 13 countries each year. Ripley Entertainment Inc. is a division of the Jim Pattison Group, the third largest privately held company in Canada.

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