At about 4am on a cold, rainy November morning, TNG driver Tina Alva rolled into Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a small family-focused town nestled in the Smokey Mountains. Gatlinburg is home to several outdoor activities like whitewater rafting, zip-lining and golf, a few ski resorts, and now, 2 new sawfish that will reside at the Ripley’s Aquarium – thanks to Tina.
“This is probably my 10th live animal delivery,” Alva explained. A 6 year member of the TNG team, Tina actually drove the first aquatic shuttle TNG did for Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – a shark convoy from the Florida Keys to Buffalo, NY for border quarantine.
This time, Alva’s cargo originated in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia Aquarium. After almost 10 years in Georgia, the two male sawfish will now join Ripley’s two female sawfish in Tennessee.
(Wonder if we’ll be seeing baby sawfish soon…?)
Sawfish, also known as carpenter sharks, are a family of rays characterized by a long, narrow, flattened rostrum, or nose extension, lined with sharp transverse teeth, arranged in a way that resembles a saw.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies - part of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not family and recently voted USA Today’s Best US Aquarium - features over 10,000 exotic sea creatures in 10 themed galleries. This unique venue provides the perfect backdrop to this unique animal.
TNG is known for its merchandising and logistics capabilities but they have been historically focused in the periodical retail space. Today, we are blazing new paths in the craft beer, snack, beverage, (and fish) delivery spaces as well. With our efficient delivery network that spans the US and Canada and our unstoppable on-the-ground fleet, TNG prides itself on making the complex simple and your “impossible” possible by moving what moves you.
Watch the video of this special delivery!