Monday, January 4, 2016

Travel: Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta, GA)

In November 2015, I had a work conference in Atlanta. This excited me because I had been wanting to visit the Georgia Aquarium (TripAdvisorWebsiteYelp) for quite some time! And it did not disappoint. FYI, you can get a 20% discount on the admission price by purchasing your tickets online (pre-select a date).

The aquarium has a very different layout than other aquariums I have visited in the past: as you enter the aquarium, each exhibit is off the main lobby area. The advantage of this layout, is that it's easy to get to where you want to go most without having to go through a maze. The disadvantage (to me) is that there is not much sense of exploration. But regardless, if you are a fan of zoos and aquariums like I am, and find yourself in Atlanta, you should definitely check this one out!

The most impressive exhibit, by far, is the whale shark tank. This is the only aquarium outside of Asia that has whale sharks, and they really are amazing creatures.


The enormous tank for the whale sharks and friends.


Two whale sharks in one shot!


I took a lot of pictures, but here are just a few:

Adorable little cuttlefish


Jellyfish (I think these are Japanese Sea Nettle)


They have a very nice Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef exhibit as well.


Piranha - actually very pretty and iridescent! We saw them feeding though... it was carnage. Woo!


Cute turtles


A diver doing some tank cleaning! Another one was vacuuming up debris.


Common/weedy seadragon :D



I think there's still quite a few aquariums I need to visit in North America :)

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