28 October 2008

Trip to Atlanta - Aquarium

While near Atlanta we decided we should go downtown and visit World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium and such. We are sort of zoo'd and aquarium'd out but since this was supposed to be the "world's largest aquarium," we thought we'd give it a spin.

According to Wikipedia, it has "more than 8.1 million US gallons (31,000 m³) of marine and fresh water housing more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species" and is "funded mostly by a $250 million donation from Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus." You wouldn't even know that this since the entrance fee was so amazingly steep -- around $100 for the family ($29.50 for adults and $22 for children)!

Anyway, the aquarium was pretty cool. The kids really enjoyed which was good since they often seem bored and irritated with all of the museums and such that we drag them to. Here are the pictures and videos.
















This is a video of some wierd snake-fish that retreat into the sand when anything comes near them. I can't remember what they are called and I can't seem to find it anywhere on the internet right now.

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This video is in the tunnel below the large tank. It was filled with all sorts of huge fish including hammerhead, whale sharks, manta rays, and swordfish.

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Then there were the beautiful Beluga whales...



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1 comment:

Andy said...

That is really cool. Seeing a whale shark must have been humbling. Those things are huge. That looked way cooler than the Newport, KY Aquarium.