Tuesday, February 22, 2011


"God created fish, man created aquariums." 
 (I took liberties with the Jacques Deval quote: "God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.)

Normally, I'm not a fan of containing animals of any kind. However, two weeks ago we went to Atlanta and spent a Saturday at the Georgia Aquarium, purported to be the world's largest aquarium. The GA features more animals than any other aquarium in more than 8 million gallons of water in more than 60 exhibits. Each exhibit is "designed to inspire, entertain and educate." The GA is striving to be the leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research. There is a state-of-the-art animal health facility--the Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health--designed by veterinarian professionals and conservation organizations. It is the only integration of an aquarium and a veterinarian teaching hospital. I have to admit, George and I had the most wonderful time. It really is an impressive facility and we came away having seen fish and mammals we otherwise would never have had the opportunity to see. The Aquarium docents were able to give us an enormous amount of information and were able to answer all of our questions. Despite my misgivings, it was an amazing day.

Here are just a few pictures. I hate to admit it, but my camera ran out of juice pretty early in our visit. I had to resort to my phone camera and I haven't downloaded them yet. I don't have a lot of hope that they will be good pictures (I have a rather basic phone.) But if they I, I'll share the with you.

 Spider Crabs

Beluga Whale

Beluga Whale

Whale Shark (largest animal in the water--approx. 40+ feet long)

Surrounded by fish

Whale Shark

Dum, dum, dum, dum,...

Whale Shark (can you tell I was fascinated by this fish)

Albino Alligator

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Whale Shark reflected



  1. I'm not fan either (and I like your quotes, both of them! :-))yet your photos came out really well!

    Spider crab I have to say is my favourite... for supper.

  2. Why is it, when I see a series of anything, I feel I must select a favorite? The other white meat -- the sea turtle. No, not for supper, of course not.

    WV: Askya.

  3. I've never had an opportunity to visit any aquarium. I can only imagine what that feeling is. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos that i really enjoyed.


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