Georgia Aquarium and Sharks, Taking a Deeper Look
The Georgia Aquarium, home to largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere with 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water and tens of thousands of animals, is an incredible place to visit. My family LOVES to visit this place. Trust me when I say once is NEVER enough! You may think you have seen it all before and that you only need to go once, but that is actually the FAR from the truth!
Right now they have an exciting exhibit that brings you face-to-nose with one of the world’s most feared predators, the shark! National Geographic’s photography exhibit, “SHARKS: On Assignment with Brian Skerry.”
Brian Skerry is an award-winning photojournalist that spent over 10,000 hours underwater “exploring the world’s ocean with a camera to show why sharks need to be protected and appreciated as an integral species within our ecosystem.” The Sharks exhibit highlights his passion and skill for helping people to understand the ocean’s most feared predator.
The photography exhibit is on Level 2 of the Aquarium just outside the 4D Funbelievable Theater. Now if you have been a place where you have to stand in line to wait, you know how frustrating that can be. What I find super cool is that the Georgia Aquarium has placed it conveniently in the queuing space for their 4D theater. This means that as you wait in line, you get the chance to see these amazing photographs and videos. As a mother and teacher, I am extremely pleased with this. As a mom, I love that my kids will have something to keep them entertained while standing in line. There is nothing more frustrating than having to entertain them while they wait which eventually turns into bloodcurdling cries as they start fighting with one another over my phone or a device. Not only am I irritated, but so are all the other parents having to endure this painful act.
As a teacher (and mom), I am super pleased that this is helping to get young children interested in marine life and sharks. We certainly need to encourage our children to pursue more science fields and having them come face to face with these often misunderstood creatures can help inspire them to actively seek out more information. The Georgia Aquarium has also set up a cool challenge for kids! Check out the details below.
“After journeying through “SHARKS: On Assignment with Brian Skerry” Exhibit, channel your inner photographer and become an #AquariumExplorer! Begin your exploration through Ocean Voyager gallery for the best opportunity to view Georgia Aquarium’s multiple shark species! Be sure to grab an Ocean Voyager Dive Card on your way in to see how many sharks you can photograph. Next, continue your Aquarium exploration through its five other galleries, giving you the ideal environment to snap your very own underwater photographic masterpieces.
Use hashtag #AquariumExplorer when sharing your photos and for a chance to be featured on Georgia Aquarium’s social media channels. Be sure to always tag them in your photos using @GeorgiaAquarium.
Georgia Aquarium currently houses six species of sharks. Can you and your family find them all?
- Whale shark
- Sandbar shark
- Pacific blacktip reef shark
- Zebra shark
- Spotted wobbegong
- Tasselled wobbegong
Here through April 2018, Atlanta has the unique opportunity to be the first place outside of the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. to show it.
Remember me telling you that you can’t just of to the Georgia Aquarium just once and think you have seen it all? Over the years the GA Aquarium has added many cool opportunities for people to be immersed in aquatic life. Head over the the 4D Funbelievable theater to see one of THREE movies:
Coastal Predators: A 4-D Experience
SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue!
Shark: A 4-D Experience
Home to one of the world’s most advanced 4D theaters, they provide high def 3D projection and special effects so that you can experience the underwater world from the point of view that call it home!
For an additional fee, check out another new attraction at Georgia Aquarium: the Virtual Reality Simulator: Dive in Prehistoric Seas experience. This state-of-the-art motion-based virtual reality ride uses VR headsets to transport visitors back in time to catch a glimpse amazing marine life of the distant past. “Swim along with a massive Archelon sea turtle, marvel at a graceful long-necked Styxosaurus, and come face-to-face with a powerful Ginsu Shark! The prehistoric ocean is teeming with many strange and wonderful creatures! With [their] electronic VR goggles, you will be immersed in the action as you look in any direction during the adventure. The VR Transporter makes you feel as though you are there!”
My son and I just had to check this out! Let me just say it was FINtastic! Seriously! After we exited my son, who is 18, was impressed with this VR experience. He even remanded about what a great quality VR headset that the aquarium had. What does that mean? It means you are going to get an awesome VR experience that you don’t want to miss!
If you are looking for some holiday entertainment this season for your friends and family, the Georgia Aquarium is the perfect place to go! It provides HOURS of memory making fun! By the way, I am going to let you in on a little secret….. On Thanksgivings Day they feed the Southern sea otters the most adorable Thanksgiving ice meal. You seriously need to see this for yourself! They are some of the most precious animals!
Come see an amazing light and music show during Georgia Aquarium’s Festival of the SEAson (Nov. 18-Dec. 31) which transforms the aquarium into a winter wonderland. Other highlights include appearances by Santa and SCUBA Claus plus tree-lighting ceremonies.
Social Media Connections
Georgia Aquarium Facebook: @GeorgiaAquarium
Georgia Aquarium Twitter: @GeorgiaAquarium
Georgia Aquarium Instagram: @GeorgiaAquarium