About Georgia Aquarium Atlanta

Learn about the fascinating world that lies beneath the water's surface at Georgia Aquarium Inside, the world's most intriguing and captivating aquarium. The maritime environment is divided into eight zones, each of which is home to a special set of marine organisms. Modern 4D theaters can provide an immersive experience that is on par with being submerged in the ocean.

Guests at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta can count aquatic life from the comfort of their bed while spending the night underwater. Also available is the Behind the Seas Highlight Tour, which takes visitors behind the scenes of some of the aquarium's most popular exhibits. Visitors visiting the Georgia Aquarium are sure to have a newfound respect for the aquatic world as they learn about the various aquatic habitats and the animals that inhabit them.

Featured Animal Species at Georgia Aquarium Atlanta

At Georgia Aquarium, you can interact with animals such as seals, sea lions, dolphins, beluga whales, and penguins. Virtual reality technology allows you to explore prehistoric marine environments. Divers can meet sharks in an environment not too dissimilar from the sharks' natural habitat when they go scuba diving with these creatures

African Penguin
African Penguin

These little penguins can be found in the rocky coastlines of Namibia and South Africa, where they survive solely on marine species, especially fish and squid. During hunts, it is not uncommon for hunters to swim out as far as nine miles from shore and consume their prey in a single mouthful. It can take up to three months for an African penguin pair to start feeding their chick after it has hatched.

Beluga Whale
Beluga Whale

White and relatively small, beluga whales can be clearly spotted in a pod, (a group of belugas), in the icy waters of the Arctic and some subarctic regions. They are commonly referred to as "sea canaries" because of the variety of sounds they can make. The beluga has skin ten times thicker than a dolphin's and one hundred times thicker than a land mammal's. The high layer of fat that belugas have is an essential survival mechanism for enduring the Arctic's freezing winters.

California Sea Lion
California Sea Lion

A California sea lion will utilize a variety of vocalizations to communicate with its peers, including barks, growls, honks, and clicks. Its small physique, powerful flippers, and sharp eyesight let it to hunt a wide variety of prey, including squid, anchovy, rockfish, whiting, and mackerel. They can be found on any land where there is water nearby, including beaches, rocky platforms and outcrops, and even man-made buildings.

Common Bottlenose Dolphin
Common Bottlenose Dolphin

The common bottlenose dolphin has become well-known due to its friendly nature and impressive acrobatic skills. Dolphins often migrate in groups of 2-15, but solitary dolphins have been sighted in coastal areas of every continent. Dolphins use a wide range of noises for a variety of purposes, including communication, hunting, raising young, and protecting themselves from danger. There are all sorts of whistles, grunts, trills, and groans among these noises.

Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark

The tiger shark is second only to the white shark when it comes to the amount of attacks on humans. These organisms can be found on or near any type of island, coral reef, or continental shelf. The fact that requiem sharks are the largest of the species doesn't make them any less aggressive or inquisitive when it comes to humans. Besides "man-eating shark" and "spotted shark," "leopard shark" is yet another name for this species.

Whale Shark
Whale Shark

A Whale Shark is a massive fish with a broad, flat head, few eyes, and five big gill slits; its long, sweeping tail is also easily recognisable. Also, these fish have two dorsal fins, two long pectoral fins, two pelvic fins, one anal fin, and a few lesser fins. Their spiracles below their eyes are a holdover from their common heritage with carpet sharks, another species found on the ocean floor (benthic). Its mouth, unlike that of most sharks, is located at the front of its head (terminal) rather than at the base of its rostrum (subterminal).

African Butterflyfish
African Butterflyfish

The African Butterfly fish feeds on other insects and can detect the tiny waves created by their prey's impacts with the water's surface using special sensors built into its body. The African butterfly fish can make impressive airborne leaps, either in pursuit of prey or as a means of evasion. It prefers the open water above dense floating vegetation and can be found in marshes, creeks, ponds, and the backwaters of streams and rivers. Being an insectivore, it feeds primarily on insects, however it will also consume crustaceans, fish, and larvae and nymphs of aquatic insects.

American Alligator
American Alligator

American Alligators are related to crocodiles but may be easily identified by their broader snout and overlapping upper and lower jaws and teeth. It is the nest's temperature that determines whether an alligator's hatchling will be a male or female. The opposite is true for lower temperatures; they result in females. Alligators, especially adults, are opportunistic predators who will eat almost everything within their reach, whether it be fish, birds, mammals, or even humans.

Baja Blue Rock Lizard
Baja Blue Rock Lizard

The Baja Blue Rock lizard is diurnal, which means it is active throughout the daytime. You can find them out in the open sun on even the hottest days. It can only be found in northern Mexico near the point of the Baja California Peninsula. Typically found in stony, thinly vegetated places, but has also been observed in woods and mountains. The Baja blue rock lizard, like many other lizard species that call rocky environments home, takes refuge in cracks and crevices.

Amazon Puffer
Amazon Puffer

The Amazon puffer, often called the South American puffer, is a small, brightly coloured fish found in the Amazon River. It is unique among freshwater puffers in that it does not defend a territory or show aggressive tendencies toward other fish. It can be found in the Araguaia and Guapore Rivers, as well as the Amazon, Orinoco, and Essequibo river basins in South America. Typical habitats include freshwater and coastal streams in the tropics, and it likes fresh water best.

Bigmouth Buffalo
Bigmouth Buffalo

Named for its larger than average mouth compared to other buffalo species, the bigmouth buffalo is aptly named. Their preferred habitats are the deep pools, backwaters, and channels of rivers ranging in size from tiny to massive, as well as lakes and massive impoundments. Additionally, they tend to congregate in schools both above and below the water's surface. It has a lifespan of seven to eight years and is a benthic feeder, therefore its diet includes cladocerans, copepods, bottom plants, aquatic insects, small fish, and fish eggs.

Black Spot Piranha
Black Spot Piranha

The black spot piranha, unlike the more well-known "man-eater" arapaima, which travels in schools and bites viciously, prefers fish and insects. Individually, black spot piranhas might have a silvery gray upper body and a scarlet to red-orange lower body. They thrive in the warm waters of the Orinoco River basin and its tributaries, preferring these conditions because of the longer dry season (open water).

Manta Ray
Manta Ray

The huge manta ray is sometimes called the devil ray due to the resemblance of its expanded cephalic lobes (seen on either side of its broad mouth) to horns. In reality, though, they are there primarily to eat. These gentle giants utilize their cephalic lobes to filter food, such as plankton and small fish, and bring it to their mouths. Manta rays may perform many somersaults while feeding, allowing them to navigate through a dense school of plankton. When food is taken in by a ray, it is screened by its gill rakers to remove any water and then ingested whole.

Banded Archerfish
Banded Archerfish

Banded archerfish are notorious for "shooting down" their insect prey with powerful beads of water expelled from their mouth. It prefers the brackish conditions of mangrove estuaries, but can be found in other waterways as well. Using the muscles in its jaw, it forces water up its tongue and into a special duct in the roof of its mouth. Its prey is knocked into the water by the torrent of water droplets and is then easily consumed.

Asian Small Clawed Otter
Asian Small Clawed Otter

In the mangrove swamps and freshwater marshes of southern India, China, and Southeast Asia, these little social otters can be observed sliding on mud banks and chasing one another. The Asian small-clawed otter is the most terrestrial of the 13 otter species, spending its days foraging in the shallows and along the beach.

Galleries at Georgia Aquarium Atlanta

Aquanaut Adventure
Aquanaut Adventure

Explore the difficulties animals confront in severe environments and the scientific techniques used to better understand them in the brand new Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone. Those interested in seeing the Baja Blue rock lizard, Yellowhead Jawfish, Sea stars, American alligator, and wood frog in the Atlanta Georgia aquarium should not miss this area.

Cold Water Quest
Cold Water Quest

The cold ocean in Cold Water Quest is a thriving environment for marine animals like fish and whales. Among the rocky outcrops and kelp forests below the waves, you can find fascinating critters like garibaldi damselfish, Japanese spider crabs, and Australian weedy sea dragons. Animals as diverse as sea otters, penguins, Garibaldi, purple sea urchins, and more can be found in this collection.

Dolphin Coast
Dolphin Coast

In Atlanta, don't miss the Dolphin Coast within the Georgia Aquarium inside. The Aquarium's resident pod of common bottlenose dolphins perform for visitors. There are dolphin exhibitions in both the lobby and the theater at Dolphin Coast. The main presentation includes interesting facts about marine life, a training demonstration, and details about the Aquarium's work to conserve dolphins.

Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot
Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot

Thousands of marine animals, such as whale sharks, manta rays, and others, live in the Ocean Voyager gallery at the Georgia Aquarium. Ocean Voyager is one of the largest underwater displays in the world, and it allows visitors to see hundreds of species of marine life from every angle thanks to its enormous acrylic viewing window and tube. This exhibit was built from the ground up to accommodate whale sharks, the largest fish on Earth.

SHARKS! Predators of the Deep®
SHARKS! Predators of the Deep®

Sharks! Predators of the Deep is among the most exciting and entertaining shark presentations in North America. The objective of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is to inform visitors about the value of sharks in maintaining a healthy marine environment. The Great Hammerhead Shark, Silvertip Shark, Tiger Shark, and Sand Tiger Shark can all be seen here.

Southern Company River Scout
Southern Company River Scout

The River Scout gallery features a wide variety of aquatic animals that may be found in rivers all over the world, including Georgia. In this display, you may literally cross a river in North America as it winds and curves above your head, replete with crashing waterfalls and tangled rafters. The Southern Company River Scout gallery features a variety of river wildlife, such as archerfish, alligator snapping turtles, and Asian small-clawed otters.

Tropical Diver
Tropical Diver

The tropical coral reef exhibitions at Tropical Diver are like a living art gallery, complete with garden eels swimming above the water's surface to observe the guests. A tropical Pacific reef is faithfully recreated here, replete with real corals, fish, and crashing waves. Fairy basslets, seahorses, and other wonders of the deep can be found among the various aquatic creatures represented in this vibrant gallery.

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  • LocationGeorgia Aquarium Atlanta is located in 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

  • How to ReachBy busThe Georgia Aquarium may be reached from the Five Points and Civic Center MARTA stations by Bus Route 32.By trainFrom the Red/Gold line's Civic Center or Peachtree Center Stations of the Blue/Green line's Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station, it's only a brisk 10- to 15-minute stroll to the Georgia Aquarium.By carTo get to Georgia Aquarium by car, just hop on Interstate 85. You can alternatively travel the Metropolitan Parkway or Northside Drive. Those who have purchased parking in advance will have access to the Georgia Aquarium's official parking deck.

  • Open Hours

The Georgia Aquarium timings are 9 AM to 6 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays; and from Thursday morning to Sunday evening, it is open 8 AM to 8 PM.

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