My family loves visiting aquariums so while traveling this week in Atlanta, we had to stop by one of the world’s largest, the Georgia Aquarium. The variety of animals here is wonderful. Plus, this is the only place in the Western Hemisphere that houses whale sharks! They have four of these massive, gentle giants. Stay tuned next Friday for a report on what it was like to actually get in the water with them. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these photos from the drier part of our day.
Who doesn’t love otters? These two were romping with each other. I think I could have watched them play all day.
Speaking of watching things all day, I love penguins. The aquarium has a pretty large penguin exhibit. These guys were just hanging out, but there were plenty swimming around as well.
Also in the Cold Water Quest area near the otters and penguins were beluga whales.
To the best of my knowledge, this little guy isn’t pregnant. All the Big-Belly Seahorses looked this way!
To me, seeing weedy sea dragons are always a highlight of any aquarium visit. They are so unusual looking.
One would think a 9-foot manta ray would look huge and it did until we saw the giant in the next photo.
The Georgia Aquarium houses four whale sharks ranging in size from about 18 to 30 feet. I had the opportunity to scuba with these amazing creatures and they even touched me. I will chronicle my dive in a post next Friday.