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Out and About: Georgia's Georgia Aquarium

Out and About: Georgia's Georgia Aquarium

With over eight million gallons of water housing more than 100,000 animals of 500 species, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is one of the largest in the world. Residents include two massive Whale Sharks – check out that huge mouth up above! Capable of weighing up to 15 tons, these "gentle giants" are filter feeders meaning they live off of plankton and animals, scooped up in bucket-like fashion with their four-foot-wide mouths.

This aquarium celebrated its two year anniversary last month – and introduced four new Leopard Whiprays last week giving it the largest collection of this species in the US. Also seen up top, these rays collected offshore of Penghu (an island group on the west coast of Taiwan) have a distinctive, leopard-like pattern that extends down much of their tails as well. I could go on and on naming and describing the cool creatures found here, but I recommend checking them out for yourself!

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amh678 amh678 8 years
When it's not so crowded, the G.A. is a great place to go! I have some great pictures from last year.
talrocks talrocks 8 years
Beautiful creatures!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
what an amazing aquarium!
michlny michlny 8 years
I have an aquarium at home and I wish you'd post more about fish - they're so cute!!
GothSugar GothSugar 8 years
Aww I didn't get to go here. I went to the TN one though it was okay. This one would have been way better...but the city scared my mom away. lol
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I don't know why the penguin gave me an accent.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
Ze penguin damanz ze cuddlez! I don't like animals in captivity unless they're in a wildlife refuge, sanctuary, etc - but they are so cute!
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 8 years
I adore aquariums, but we don't have one around here. There's one in Tampa that I want to go to though.
sugarbecky sugarbecky 8 years
I live about an hour away, and my sister and I went last spring-- it was extremely crowded (it had just opened), but I'm sure it'd be a fun trip otherwise. Of course, that was before several of the whales died...
athens athens 8 years
We live in Atlanta and love it! Be warned though that due to the deaths of some of their star attractions, some of those exhibits may be closed or not have them in it as they will be in quarantine. It's been the Whale Sharks (like the one PetSugar commented on above) and the Belugas, very sad.
CandaceA CandaceA 8 years
Awesome! Now I know what I want to do when I visit my cousin!
wickedk8 wickedk8 8 years
This place is amazing! There are lots of hands on petting areas and there is tons to see. Plus (this is totally random) the chocolate cake in the cafe is sooooo yummy! I've been twice and want to go again.
mbrown81 mbrown81 8 years
I live pretty close. I don't know whay we haven't gone yet. It's on the to do list for next year for sure.
lilegwene lilegwene 8 years
My sister and brother-in-law live in Georgia and we went there the last time I visited. It was amazing, but sooo crowded!
citizenkane citizenkane 8 years
I've been to this aquarium and it is amazing. Much better than others I've seen. Great place to take kids....
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I love Aquarium's! We don't have one in my city so if we go somewhere where there is one, I always try to check it out! They are so neat and you can spend a whole afternoon relaxing and looking at fish :P
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