Recently a friend and I visited the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world. Though it opened here in Atlanta several years ago, this was my first visit. We purposely timed our visit until school was back in session hoping to avoid big crowds. I’m not a huge fan of crowds…would rather see something on TV than in person if it means standing in lines forever and then fighting crowds to see exhibits.
Our plan worked and it wasn’t crowded at all. If you’ve been wanting to visit the Georgia Aquarium and you’re allergic to crowds, too, I do recommend going in early to mid September after all the kiddies are back in school but before the field trips get underway.
As you walk into the aquarium, the first thing you see are fish all swimming the direction you’re walking.
My friend stood over in front of the fish to have a picture made and each time he did, the fish went up and over him as if he was inside the tank with them. It was funny to watch.
Come along for the tour…I’ll jump in occasionally with a comment here and there.
The Georgia Aquarium is divided into 6 sections: Coldwater Quest, Ocean Voyager, Tropical Diver, Georgia Explorer, River Scout and Dolphin Tales. We decided to skip the Dolphin show since both of us had seen dolphin shows before. We just wanted to ramble and enjoy. We did go to the “Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wondershow” which was fun. There’s several surprises during the show which made it extra fun.
We started out in Ocean Voyager since my friend was eager to see the sharks.
I have no idea what this was, but it was overhead and made for some fun photography.
More scary sharks…
People were having fun taking pics with their mobile phones. Photography is a huge challenge due to the low lighting, not to mention the object of your pictures is almost always moving.
A passing manta ray…
I wouldn’t want to encounter this guy on a swim in the ocean.
We had fun watching the Beluga Whales. They are one of the most popular, if not the most popular attractions at the Georgia Aquarium.
They love to swim down and scratch themselves on the rocks. They will also swim right by the glass where you’re standing and rub their back down the glass.
They blow bubbles and I noticed when I got home and looked at my pics, this guy was just starting to blow a bunch of bubbles when I snapped this pic. You can just see them starting to come out of his mouth.
These guys were a hoot! They are called Sea Dragons.
Here’s a close-up of one…
The otters were fun to watch…very playful. This one had a pink tube for a toy.
He loved leaping up into the air and banging it against the side of the tank.
The penguins were a lot of fun, too. This guy was looking all regal up inside a high niche in the wall.
Down below were two penguins who were gazing up watching his every move. I couldn’t decide if they were there to admire him or if they were yelling “jump, jump” in penguin language.
You know those super scary movies that are always coming out in the theaters?
I think I know where they pull their inspiration now. These giant spider crabs were HUGE…like 2-3 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide huge!
Let’s look at something a bit more serene.
I loved seeing the starfish. I usually only see those when they are no longer part of the living.
Did you know there are blue starfish? I had no idea until I saw this one. Look at that huge white one…isn’t he/she beautiful?
Someone else wanted to get into the starfish picture.
These were amazing to watch. It was hard to leave…they were hypnotic.
This is what they are…Pacific Sea Nettle.
Here’s what we found swimming across from the Pacific Sea Nettle.
Moon Jelly. Who names fishes anyway and what are they drinking before they name them? 😉
A light above them kept changing and since they are practically invisible, it was fun to watch them appear to change colors.
I have quite a few more pics to share but this post is getting very long so I’ll stop for today.
Have you been to the Aquarium? Any plans to go?
Here’s a video with a bit more info about it…