Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Georgia Aquarium

The only other thing we managed to do on our recent trip to Atlanta was visit the amazing Georgia Aquarium.  If you know me at all you know I love aquariums, and this has to be one of the best ever! It has over 10 million gallons of fresh and salt water exhibits, and until very recently it was the largest aquarium in the world.

The over 6 million gallon Ocean Voyager exhibit is absolutely phenomenal.  It is home to 4 whale sharks (the largest fish in the world) and 4 manta rays with 10-13 foot wingspans.  I could have spent our entire visit in the 100 foot underwater viewing tunnel.

But then there's the giant, 23 x 61 foot, 2 foot thick viewing window where you get mesmerized watching these beautiful creatures gracefully swim by.  We also got to watch the whale sharks being fed with humungous spoons.

You can finally appreciate the scale of this exhibit and these animals when you compare them to the size of the people standing at the foot of the window.

On to the Cold Water Quest exhibit, with Beluga Whales and African penguins.  The acrylic tunnels and pop up windows allow you to get literally face to face with the penguins (and yes, I even crawled through there myself).

We came upon this frightening fellow in the Southern Company River Scout exhibit.

There was plenty more to see in the Tropical Diver exhibit, with its Pacific coral reef, complete with overhead crashing waves.  Lots of interesting and color friends to find, from piranha and eels to seahorses and even jellyfish, and of course no matter what aquarium you find yourself in, there's always Nemo.

I'll leave you with this video clip of the Ocean Voyager exhibit.  If you're ever in Atlanta, you've got to see it in person!

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