Happy Thursday friends! Most of you know by now but I was born in Colombia then moved to Florida at a very young age. I was fortunate enough to call the beautiful Emerald Coast of Destin, Florida my home for all my childhood. I grew up swimming, fishing, scuba diving, scalloping and enjoying the sunshine state. That made me truly appreciate how majestic the ocean was! Although the beach is a couple hours away, I am thankful Atlanta is home to one of the biggest marine exhibits in the world- the Georgia Aquarium. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to get a tour of the aquarium with my younger brother Sebastian. In case you are wondering- yes, he is named after Sebastian the crab from the Little Mermaid!
About the Georgia Aquarium
Aside from being entertaining and intriguing, the Georgia Aquarium also serves as an educational experience for guests of all ages. While promoting a fun and enjoyable learning experience, the Aquarium instills in its guests a new appreciation for the world’s aquatic biodiversity.
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, housing thousands of animals and representing several thousand species, all of which reside in 10 million US gallons of salt and fresh water. It was the largest aquarium in the world from its opening in 2005 until 2012, when it was surpassed an aquarium in Singapore. The Georgia Aquarium is best known for their notable specimens including whale sharks, beluga whales, and manta rays!
Behind The Scenes Adventure
As mentioned before, Sebastian and I got to go behind the scenes and see the aquarium from a different point of view. Having visited the aquarium many times before, the behind the scene tour provided us with more insight and education than ever before. We got to see baby animals- like the beautiful blue spotted stingray in my pictures above! We also got to see baby alligators!
By far the best part of our tour was seeing the whale sharks get fed. Did you know that although they are the largest fish in the ocean, whale sharks throats are the size of a quarter? That is why they live off of krill and plankton! So interesting, right?
The best part about this experience is that it is open to the public! You can add the behind the scenes option (currently only $15) when you buy your tickets online or at the counter. I highly recommend doing this on your next visit! And make sure to check out all the other special programs and events the aquarium has to offer! My brother and I plan on doing the scuba diving with the whale sharks later this summer!