I had been wanting to visit the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta ever since it opened five years ago. Whale sharks! Manta rays! Japanese spider crabs! When we were on our way to the aquarium Saturday morning I was wondering whether I might have built it up in my mind so much that it might not be able to live up to my expectations. Not so! In fact, the giant Ocean Voyager tank alone would have been worth the price of admission.
The Ocean Voyager tank is the largest aquarium tank in the world (6.3 million gallons!) and contains four whale sharks and four manta rays, the largest of which has a “wingspan” of 13 feet, plus hammerhead sharks, sand tiger sharks, sawfish, huge groupers, etc. etc. etc. When you enter the Ocean Voyager exhibit area you first look into the tank through small windows, but then you pass through a glass tunnel at the bottom the tank where the fish are passing back and forth over your head, and finally come out at the world’s second-largest glass viewing window. It is amazing. It’s practically a religious experience.
Taking good photos was almost impossible due to the low light and the difficulty of shooting through glass, so I resorted to taking video clips instead. They’re not great, but they’ll at least give you an idea of what the experience was like.
One of the coworkers I went with knew someone who worked at the aquarium, so we even got to go behind the scenes and see the huge tank from above.
If you ever pass through Atlanta, go. Do it. You don’t regret it.