Take A Virtual Field Trip To The Georgia Aquarium - Pictures Included!
On February 24th, 2011, over 200 Georgia Cyber Academy students as well as their families visited the worlds largest aquarium in the world - the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia.
My family of four was fortunate enough to attend and had the time of our lives. If you have not had the privilege of visiting this magnificent place, I urge you to go.
Opened to the public on November 23, 2005, according to the official website www.georgiaauarium.com, the Georgia Aquarium "features more animals than any other aquarium in more than eight million gallons of water."
In addition, it is the home of more than sixty exhibits and provides people of all ages with a fascinating look at ocean and sealife.
Here is a virtual tour of sorts for you to feast your eyes on:
Visitors are immediately immersed in the ocean world once they walk through the door of the Georgia Aquarium.
Both walls of a long corridor have been converted to a fish tank of sorts and are the home of game and food fishes that belong to the jack family (Carangidae).
According to the information displayed by the aquarium, there are more than 140 species of jacks with names such as pompano, permit, scad, and trevally.
Once you've passed the corridor and entered the main aquarium itself, the exhibits are divided into six major sections that include:
- The Georgia Explorer
- The Tropical Diver
- The River Scout
- The Ocean Voyager
- The Coldwater Quest
- Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow
The Georgia Explorer- this exhibit is a highly interactive gallery that provides touch pools full of sea stars, shrimp, stingrays, and horseshoe crabs! They also provide sightseers with a wonderful education regarding the state's rivers and coast as well as it's wildlife that live therein.
The Tropical Diver- this gallery houses one of the largest living reef exhibits of any aquarium in the world! It homes bright and colorful living corals and thousands of colorful reef fish. All are presented in a recreation of a tropical Pacific coral reef.
The River Scout- this exhibit will enable purveyors to discover a wide diversity of animals that are found in the rivers of Africa, South America, Asia, and right here off the coast of Georgia.
The Asian sea otters were our absolute favorite! Look how cute and adorable they are. →
The Ocean Voyager- with this awesome exhibit, sightseers have their choice of walking through an acrylic tunnel or standing in front of a a gigantic acrylic viewing window to experience the wonders of the gentle giants of the sea such as whale sharks, manta rays, and giant groupers.
On a daily basis at least three divers put on a spectacular show for all to see. Beyond the show however, the divers have a weighty responsibility.
In addition to ensuring the tanks and exhibits are in tip-top shape, they are responsible for making sure the ocean creatures are healthy and disease free.
More than one diver takes the plunge on a daily basis. While one diver is caring for the marine life, the other is keeping watch to ensure that none of the creatures get "too curious".
Coldwater Quest- this exhibit is the home to the Australian weedy sea dragon, beluga whales, giant Pacific octopuses, and Japanese spider crabs (which were like looking at something from a Science fiction movie!).
It's a true learning experience as the sights and wonders of the ocean are teamed with informative outtakes that enable sightseers to better understand how they have an impact on the oceans and the marine life that thrive there.→
Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow- using high definition 3D film, this 4D Theater allows all guest with a unique opportunity to experience the underwater world from a marine animal's point of view.
The Georgia Aquarium is located at 225 Baker St. NW Atlanta, GA 30313 - in downtown Atlanta across from Centennial Olympic Park.
It's a great park to eat lunch in, let the kids play, or simply sit and relax.
Click here for directions to the aquarium and to book tickets.
In my opinion, the Georgia Aquarium offers a feast for the senses. For several hours, the sights and sounds literally transform you into another world. It's a place that anyone of any age will truly enjoy.
Since there is so much to see it shouldn't come as a surprise that it will take several trips to experience all that this amazing place has to offer.
Why not visit the Georgia Aquarium and see what this amazing place has to offer you and your family.
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