Ripley's Aquarium Opens Unique Special Exhibit - "Babies" Set for a Year-Long Showing

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (PressExposure) February 19, 2009 -- Ripley’s Aquarium is opening its newest, cutting-edge exhibit – “Babies,” a unique and unbelievable exhibit featuring more than 30 interactive and live exhibits. The $750,000 display was developed specifically for Ripley’s and is located in a special area inside Ripley’s Aquarium and is free to see for all aquarium guests.

History has proven two things. One - people love babies, and two – people go absolutely wild about life-saving "gee-whiz" inventions. This creative display features plenty of both.

Early in the 20th Century, a few scientists-turned-showmen, capitalized on this combo by creating a series of exhibits and sideshows called Living Babies in Incubators.

As the name suggests, those shows featured tiny premature infants nurtured and displayed inside modern mechanical marvels. This meeting of medicine and machines drew adoring crowds and popularized the birth of the incubator, all while legitimately saving babies lives.

Now in 2009, Ripley's Aquarium celebrates these famed incubator sideshows – with a twist. As aquarium guests will see, humans are not the only creatures that build incubators?

From bubble nests to brood pouches, animals use a wide array of strategies to incubate their young. Here’s a small sampling of what aquarium visitors will see in this one-of-a-kind exposition:

• Witness living, embryonic sharks as they develop, grow, and hatch before your eyes! • Gaze at seahorse dads, the only species on the planet where the male incubates and give birth to their young! • See a baby jellyfish! Something you don’t get a chance to see very often! • Jump at the chance to see live frogs incubate their pollywogs! • Marvel at real 65 million year old dinosaur eggs - then compare them to those of modern birds and crocodilians - live and on display! • Come to realize that “Life is Truly an Astonishing Feat!”

This is a limited engagement and will run only through the end of 2009. Don’t miss Babies, live and on display, because “life” really is the greatest show on Earth!

The aquarium is located at Broadway at the Beach and is open 365 days a year. High resolution photos are available.

About Ripley Aquariums Ripley’s Aquarium ( of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and its sister marine facility, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies ( in Gatlinburg, Tenn. are both AZA accredited and together have educated and entertained more than 20 million visitors. They are part of the Ripley Entertainment family of worldwide entertainment facilities. More than 13 million people visit Ripley’s 70-plus attraction in 13 countries each year. Ripley Entertainment Inc. is a division of the Jim Pattison Group, the third largest privately held company in Canada.

Contacts: Jessica Mula Ripley’s Aquarium (800) 734-8888

Tim O’Brien VP Communications Ripley Entertainment Inc. (615) 646-7465 - office (615) 496-5949 - cell

About Ripley's Aquariums

Ripley's Aquarium is the most visited attraction in South Carolina and is listed as the country's fourth most popular aquarium by Trip The aquarium is known for its amazing shark exhibit that features 12-foot sharks and has one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world and for its varied educational programs and family fun opportunities.

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Press Release Submitted On: February 18, 2009 at 7:09 pm
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