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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Atlanta Aquarium, GA

The Georgia Aquarium is a public aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. It houses thousands of animals, representing several thousand species, all of which reside in 10 million US gallons (38,000 m3) of marine and salt water, and is the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere. It was the largest aquarium in the world from its opening in 2005 until 2012, when it was surpassed by Marine Life Park in Singapore.

Businessman Bernard Marcus credits his 60th birthday dinner, held at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, with inspiring him to build a great aquarium for Atlanta; his subsequent $250 million donation provided the bulk of the money needed to build and stock the new facility.

The Aquarium's notable specimens include whale sharks, beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins, and manta rays.

I found the aquarium to be disappointing. It is certainly spectacular but from a photographers perspective the huge tanks and the curved glass reduce the possibilities of getting great photos. It is certainly educational and more aimed at a younger audience. I hesitate to use the phrase "dumbed down" but it certainly had that feeling to me. I much prefer the more conventional aquarium!

Sunday, 24 July 2016