Re: NANFA-- Hooray!

Bruce Stallsmith (
Thu, 22 Nov 2001 14:41:21 -0500

>This is bad news for the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, as a big
>of their attendance comes from Atlanta and surrounding areas.
>Chris Scharpf
Yeah, it begins to raise the question of how many large, public aquariums
can be supported by the (fickle) paying public? The same question is true
for casinos. Chattanooga is unusual in that it _really does_ highlight
native fishes of North America, something that most touristers with small
kids don't necessarily seek out as a priority. For instance, Chatt has a
tank full of the Barrens Topminnow, Fundulus julisia, and also a tank full
of a bewildering array of darters. I doubt Atlanta will do that, although
hope springs eternal. Personally, I hope that Atlanta doesn't go the path of
setting up large shark and dolphin/whale tanks although that is of course
exactly the kind of bread & circus that attracts crowds. Maybe I'm just a
grim sucker (white? blue?).

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

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