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The two RV Gypsies went to Ripley's Aquarium
88 River Road
in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
phone '888.240.1358 for hours and prices
November 1, 2021

outside Ripley's Aquarium
Karen Duquette and scarecrows
Karen Duquette and two scary fighters Lee Duquette and two scary fighters

Below: Giant Japanese Spider Crabs - a species of marine crab that lives in the waters around Japan. It has the largest leg span of any anthropoid.

Giant Japanese Spider Crabs Giant Japanese Spider Crab
Giant Japanese Spider Crabs

Ripley's Aquarium spans two levels.

sea turtle skeleton Ripley's Aquaium
sign about Green Iguanas
Green Iguana
Moon Jelly sign
Moon Jellies

Jellyfish are the oldest multi-organ animal and are found all over the world. Some jellyfish can glow in the dark. Jellyfish do NOT have brains, blood, bones, or a heart. But they do have an elementary nervous system with receptors that detect light, vibrations and chemicals in the water. These abilities along with a sense of gravity allow jellyfish to navigate in the water.

Jellyfish Jellyfish
Palometa fish
Palometa Fish sign
Humpback Whale sign
Humpback Whale skelton
waterfall and fish catfish
big fish and Lee Duquette big fish and Lee Duquette
big fish and Lee Duquette's finger
big fish fat fish
sign about sharks teeth Boycott the bag sign
Rock fish Rock fish and Scorpionfish
Scorpionfish sign Scorpionfish
Scorpionfish Scorpionfish
Giant Oyster sign in a rock
giant oyster

Below: This 7-foot jaw contains 273 teeth and belongs to a (school bus-size) Megacolon shark weighing 52 tons, the largest of all sharks which lived nearly 2 million years ago.

7-foot jaws


above the tunnel view above the tunnel view




Karen Duquette Lee Duquette

Sharks are a group of elasmobranch fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton. Five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head.

shark shark
underside of a shark underside of a shark
shark three sharks
shark shark

A sawshark is a member of a shark order bearing a unique long, sack-like rostrum edged with sharp teeth which they use to slash and disable their pray. There are currently 10 known species of sawsharks . Maximum size is 4.5 feet long, But they sure looked bigger to The Two RV Gypsies as they stood under them in the tunnel.

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Sawsharks circled overhead in the tunnel above Lee Duquette's head.

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sawshark and Lee Duquette sawshark and another shark

Sawsharks circled overhead in the tunnel above Karen Duquette's head.

sawshark and Karen Duquette sawshark and Karen Duquette
look below

go to the next adventure To allow photos to load faster, the aquarium has been divided in two pages, so continue on to Page 2 - Stingrays, Penguins, Seahorses, and Weedy Sea Dragons,