Take A Virtual Field Trip To The Georgia Aquarium - Pictures Included!

An outside view of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia.
An outside view of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source

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:

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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:

  1. The Georgia Explorer
  2. The Tropical Diver
  3. The River Scout
  4. The Ocean Voyager
  5. The Coldwater Quest
  6. 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.

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Asian Sea Otters.Sea anenomes and starfishes!There is a trick to touching the sea anenomes! This guide shows us how!Lay on your stomach across the rock and get close to a live sea anenome and star fish!
Asian Sea Otters.
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Sea anenomes and starfishes!
Sea anenomes and starfishes! | Source
There is a trick to touching the sea anenomes! This guide shows us how!
There is a trick to touching the sea anenomes! This guide shows us how! | Source
Lay on your stomach across the rock and get close to a live sea anenome and star fish!
Lay on your stomach across the rock and get close to a live sea anenome and star fish! | Source

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".

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Beluga WhalesBeluga WhalesOne of the many groupers found at the Georgia Aquarium. Believe it or not, this grouper will continue to grow twice this size!The divers make their dive!Nandi - the very first manta ray included in a U.S. Aquarium, ever! "Nandi was rescued from shark nets off the coast of Durban, South Africa and rehabilitated by uShaka Marine World." - from www.georgiaaqurium.comAn enormous and gentle whale shark. Despite their size, whale sharks are simply plankton eaters. With a throat the size of a quarter, there is no way they can eat the fish that cohabitat with them.The divers hard at work!
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One of the many groupers found at the Georgia Aquarium. Believe it or not, this grouper will continue to grow twice this size!
One of the many groupers found at the Georgia Aquarium. Believe it or not, this grouper will continue to grow twice this size! | Source
The divers make their dive!
The divers make their dive! | Source
Nandi - the very first manta ray included in a U.S. Aquarium, ever! "Nandi was rescued from shark nets off the coast of Durban, South Africa and rehabilitated by uShaka Marine World." - from www.georgiaaqurium.com
Nandi - the very first manta ray included in a U.S. Aquarium, ever! "Nandi was rescued from shark nets off the coast of Durban, South Africa and rehabilitated by uShaka Marine World." - from www.georgiaaqurium.com | Source
An enormous and gentle whale shark. Despite their size, whale sharks are simply plankton eaters. With a throat the size of a quarter, there is no way they can eat the fish that cohabitat with them.
An enormous and gentle whale shark. Despite their size, whale sharks are simply plankton eaters. With a throat the size of a quarter, there is no way they can eat the fish that cohabitat with them. | Source
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The divers hard at work!
The divers hard at work! | Source
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Japanese spider crabs.Japanese spider crabs can have a leg span 13' -  which is the length of a car! They also may live up to 100 years!Austrailian weedy sea dragon.sea dragonIt's feeding time for the otters!a small tunnel allows visitors with a unique underwater look of swimming penguins.more penguins
Japanese spider crabs.
Japanese spider crabs. | Source
Japanese spider crabs can have a leg span 13' -  which is the length of a car! They also may live up to 100 years!
Japanese spider crabs can have a leg span 13' - which is the length of a car! They also may live up to 100 years! | Source
Austrailian weedy sea dragon.
Austrailian weedy sea dragon. | Source
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It's feeding time for the otters!
It's feeding time for the otters! | Source
a small tunnel allows visitors with a unique underwater look of swimming penguins.
a small tunnel allows visitors with a unique underwater look of swimming penguins. | Source
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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.

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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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maria.rose 5 years ago from Florida

I’m really glad you enjoyed this hub so much.pics are so beautiful and Your kind words have made my day. Honestly, that is what I really love about hubs.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Well this was spectacular Veronica Allen. I went through each photo and I am so glad you included captions (and your daughters are beautiful - yay!). So the Japanese spider crab can live to be 100 - and have a 13 foot leg span - wow! The first manta ray in the US - and a whale shark with the throat the size of a quarter!

I was in ATL when this was being built and I was wondering - why was it taking so long! Well to create the biggest aquarium in the world! Whew!

Thanks for the vicarious tour. Rated up and Yay!


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TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

Wow Veronica Allen - thanks so much! There is nothing like a personal experience - and I do value your opinion so I want to go now. Yay - can't wait!Your daughters are beautiful and it seems like the fun can begin even outdoors.

Rated up!


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Veronica for a very beautiful and awesome hub. Thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Veronica Allen 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you Maria.rose, BkCreative, ListLady and creativeone59 for taking the time to stop by and join me on this virtual field trip. We really did enjoy our trip and I was so eager to share it with you all.

Maria.rose - you are so kind to leave me such a compliment. I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub and I'm tickled that I made your day.

BkCreative - Those little tidbits I picked up did not touch what we learned...the Georgia Aquarium has so much to offer. Thanks for the rating and the compliments :)

ListLady - once again you make me blush....you would really appreciate what this amazing place has to offer. Thanks for complimenting my two little ones....they are my joys and blessings. You are so right, the fun can and does begin outdoors!

Creativeone59 - so nice to hear from you . Thank you for stopping by.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

I really enjoyed this great especially the pictures included because it looks natural and i enjoy nature.


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Veronica Allen 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much crystolite for your compliment. I am a nature lover myself and love taking pictures of nature a well.


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I am DB Cooper 5 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

Beautiful pictures. Maybe I'll get a chance to visit when I'm down in the Atlanta area.


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Veronica Allen 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks I am DB Cooper.......I hope you get a chance to visit when you are in the Atlanta area. It is really worth the trip!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Hello, Veronica, and I could envy you to be able to have this experience, Even the pictures are already mindblowing. Having seen creatures I have never heard of and wouldn't see normally. Thank you for such giving so much joy seeing and reading your hub.


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Veronica Allen 5 years ago from Georgia Author

You are so welcome Hello, hello. I hope all is well and that you will be back on your feet soon! Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


FRED BOOKS 3 years ago

HEEY


Frank Woods 3 years ago

AAAAAWWWWWWEEEEESSSSSSOOOOOMMMMEEEE!!!!!!(:


WhiteLiger 2 years ago from Thornton, Colorado

Wow I will go just to swim with the sharks! Plus I bet inside the tank is a little less crowded.

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