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Blockbuster Special Exhibitions Highlight 2007 Summer Season at Ripley's Aquariums.

From Plundering Pirates to Out-Of-This World Oddities, Ripley's New Shows Are Colorful, Fun for the Entire Family and Totally Interactive!

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The world class aquariums owned by Ripley Entertainment have opened new family-oriented exhibits, just in time for the summer vacation season. Admission to both of the company's AZA-accredited marine facilities - Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, S.C. - includes entrance to the limited engagement exhibitions.

Ripley's Aquariums, famous for their collection of BIG SHARKS and their 300-foot long underwater glide paths, also offer hourly dive shows and interactive marine-based activities for the entire family.

Pirates: Predators of the Sea, is now showing at Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina's most visited attraction! The exhibition takes guests on an interactive voyage into the fascinating world of the men who plundered the high seas between 1650 and 1730 - the heyday of piracy. Featured exhibits include scale models, hands-on demonstrations, videos, and live animals. It also sorts out buccaneer fact from fantasy in typical, entertaining Ripley fashion.

An award winning video sets the stage for the self-guided tour, which not only sends a host of pirate-based fallacies to a watery grave but uncovers a treasure trove of facts that are often more amazing than the myths! Fact: Pirates received disability pay and the ships' captains were democratically elected by their crews. Fiction: Pirates growled "Aargh!" That's purely a Hollywood fabrication.

A highlight of the tour is a room-sized replica of a pirate ship's gun deck, complete with cannons, dining area and hammocks. For added realism, live rats and cockroaches make themselves at home under the floor, highly visible but safely contained in their own little habitats!

Mars: The Search for Life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies explores the red planet in a unique manner. While outer space and the deep blue sea represent the last of mankind's unconquered frontiers and while the methods by which we reach these uncharted territories vary greatly, the technologies used to explore these regions are similar.

This highly entertaining and enjoyable exhibit is also an opportune educational experience, featuring a large-scale kinetic relief Mars model and an array of fun facts about the planet. The show encourages visitors to 'follow the water' as they crawl through a rock tunnel to find underground ice and get the opportunity to touch frozen water mixed in with replicas of the Martian soil.

The Rover Interactive station gives visitors an opportunity to explore the planet using remote-controlled, miniature Mars Rover vehicles. Other attractions include a scale that compares a person's Mars weight with their Earthly poundage and a time machine that gives visitors a chance to find out how old they are - on Mars!

About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley Entertainment Inc., with more than 60 attractions in 11 countries, is a leading global attractions company with annual attendance of more than 13 million guests. Visit www.ripleys.com for information on all attractions.
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