Georgia Aquarium is the Biggest on Earth

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Features, Weekend Update

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Published on September 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm with 6 Comments

KingEric recently made a visit to Atlanta, Georgia. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share some photos from his extensive photo album. This week we have images from the Georgia Aquarium – the largest aquarium in the world. ~~Rick

The Georgia Aquarium, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is the biggest on Earth with more than 8.5 million gallons of marine and fresh water housing more than 120,000 animals of 500 different species. The aquarium’s notable specimens include four young whale sharks, four beluga whales, eleven Bottlenose dolphins, three Great hammerhead sharks, and four manta rays. Wikipedia





Funded mostly by a $250 million donation from Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, the aquarium was built on a 20-acre site north of Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. Marcus credited his 60th birthday dinner at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 1990 among the inspirations behind his desire to build an aquarium in Atlanta. Wikipedia






The Georgia Aquarium contains between 100,000 and 120,000 fish and other sea creatures, representing more than five hundred species. On June 14, 2005, the total number of specimens was unveiled after having previously being reported as “over 55,000″. Marcus was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as saying: “I have been saying that we would have more than 55,000 fish; I just never said how many more.” The fish were transported from Taiwan to the aquarium by UPS in 42 tanks aboard an MD-11 airplane. UPS donated the cost of the shipping, estimated at over $200,000. Wikipedia











About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  • jcruise86

    Thanks, Rick!
    This is another reason to spend some time in Atlanta, along with the CNN tour, the Coca-Cola Museum, and the Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King centers.

    • KingEric

      The CNN tour is AMAZING. However World of Coke I don’t think I could recommend because you spend 20.00 to have Coca-Cola advertise to you.

  • Disneylandfan85

    I’ve been to the original Coca-Cola Museum.

  • bamato

    You must have gone during the week? I went on a weekend a month or two ago and it was suffocating how many people were there. Cool aquarium though :)

    • KingEric

      Actually I went on a Saturday of this past Labor Day Weekend. My secret? I got there about a half hour before it opened, then we were the first in. We had about 30 minutes of peace and quite. It was incredible. We go the Whale Sharks all to ourselves!

  • donnie

    Didn’t Shag paint a huge mural for the Georgia Aquarium?