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Old 08-19-2012, 05:15 PM   #11
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:30 PM   #12
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Just double checked it is still the largest in the world. Sorry about the poor quality..... Better pics when I get home.

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Old 08-19-2012, 05:40 PM   #13
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That aquarium is amazing. Well worth the drive and the crowd. The whale shark exhibit was stunning and just sheer amazing on the size of the manta rays and whale sharks.
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The rays were mind blowing! Ps I can't get the whole viewing window in one shot!

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Take multiple photos and build.a panarama photo at home.. that would look awesome
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:35 PM   #16
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Quick summary about our trip....

We left charleston, sc at 6 am and arrived in atlanta shortly after 11 am. The lines in were long but moved quickly.... A quick bag search and metal detection and you are good to go.

They've got an impressive display of large silver fish against a black back drop. You walk through a short hallway into the aquarium atrium. They've got five theatres designed to a theme. Each one has a monitor telling of feeding times or events.

In Coldwater Quest are beluga whales, penguins, and more. I really wondered about the chillers they ran here.... There was a small touching area for anemones and starfish. The water was ice cold!

River Scout: a selection of freshwater fish including discus, african chiclids, and eels. The tanks here were decent but needed some revamping and cleaning.

Georgia Explorer: petting "zoo" and playground. Impressive lionfish display.

Ocean Voyager: WHALE SHARKS AND MANTA RAYS! Pretty amazing. This is the area with the underwater tunnel and massive display. Divers go through occasionally. Also has giant groupers.

Tropical Diver: reefers!! Seahorses, jelly fish, and a massive reef. It included a massive assortment of tangs!

The aquarium hosts traveling exhibits, a dolphin show, and a 3d show. The food is overpriced but you are able to leave for a few hours and go get food. The staff and volunteers are all pretty knowledgeable and friendly.

It was a great trip! Pics tomorrow!
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Oh!! And they've got tours! You can see the tanks from above, the filtration systems, and the mangrove forest.
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Oh!! And they've got tours! You can see the tanks from above, the filtration systems, and the mangrove forest.
We need to set up AA field trips every quarter haha
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the last picture reminds me of this video.

One day i'll have to take the time to drive down to visit the aquarium.

Kuroshio Sea - 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world - (song is Please don't go by Barcelona) - YouTube
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:26 PM   #20
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Pics are finally up! Let me know if you have questions....

Also one thing I thought about was how much space some of these animals need. Really makes you think twice about keeping certain livestock in less than ideal tank size!


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ps does anyone know how to get the photobucket pictures to pop up here?
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