Sunday, April 12, 2009

Georgia Aquarium

This aquarium is the largest in the world and who would think that it would be packed tight like sardines in a can. Unbelievable. With my kids and mom in law, we embarked on a mission to explore this "ocean in a tank". The aquarium is divided into 4 areas:

Georgia Explorer: features a highly interactive gallery with touch pools full of horseshoe crabs, sea stars, stingrays and shrimp.

River Scout: we saw a wide diversity of animals that are found in the rivers of Africa, South America, Asia and right here in Georgia. I am talking piranhas, otters and alligators.

Cold Water Quest: home to the adorable Beluga Whales, they can actually turn their heads!

Ocean Voyager: we walked through an acrylic tunnel with fishes and sharks swimming all around then at the end of this exhibit is a gigantic acrylic viewing window with thousands of fish, a few whale sharks (yes, they are huge) and manta ray called Nandi. Nandi is the only manta ray in a U.S. aquarium. My son's favorite exhibit!

Tropical Diver: finally, we went to the last exhibit which was a coral reef. These exhibits are arranged like a gallery of living art. There were garden eels popping up out of the sand and above them a swirling mass of thousands of tiny glassy sweepers. We saw the adorable "Nemo" as well as seahorses, fairy basslets and yellow-head jawfish. There were even three exhibits of jellyfish that will mesmerize you. Take a look at the pictures I have here and I hope you can come and see it for yourself (come back soon for the pics).

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