Here's an interesting piece of information about Ripley's Aquarium - it filters more water in one day than the city of Myrtle Beach does during the entire summer season.

We learned that on a behind-the-scenes tour that taught us a great deal about just what makes the aquarium tick.

Seeing the backstage area of Ripley's gives a person an even greater appreciation for the wonderment the general public can experience on a regular basis when they visit one of the Myrtle Beach area's most popular attractions.

Make a point to check out the Swarm! Exhibit, which gives insight into why schools of fish travel together. One of those groups is a pack of piranha, and they don't appear to ever change position. Instead, they look as though they're just staring intently at you. It's both fascinating and unsettling at the same time.

With the holiday season upon us, Ripley's has given all of us an extra-special treat with their annual Festival of Trees. There are over 50 Christmas trees throughout the aquarium that are decorated to represent an individual state or territory of the United States.

It was a lot of fun for us to search out the trees for our individual home states and see how they were represented via the decorations.

Oh, and keep an eye out for Ol' St. Nick. You might just catch him swimming with the fishes.

So, do yourself a favor this holiday season, or any other time of year; take a journey over to Ripley's Aquarium, where there is always something new to be found just under the sea.

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