Originally Posted by snickers0801
...my brother said that the aquarium is so big that they have a Whale Shark there.
They have TWO
Alice and Trixie.
They used to have a Ralph and Norton, from the Honeymooner's tv show, but the two males expired.
Oh, it looks like there may have been some controversy over housing and displaying whale sharks.
Anyway, it looks like they are geared to open a dolphin exhibit in 2010.
The Georgia Aquarium was great. Amazing. Huge. Very well laid out.
We entered and sort of worked our way around the exhibits. The Titanic exhibit was awe-inspiring, as always. Husband and I attended the exhibit when it was in Chicago and we were there visiting friends. We also visited the Field Museum and saw, I think, Soldier Field, which was undergoing some rennovations while we were there. It was right across from the Museum and I don't recall if it was the football or baseball (Wrigley) stadium we saw.
I was able to take some photos of the Titanic exhibit...BUT...I didn't see the signs (not wearing glasses) that requested no photography. I was approached and easily complied. They try not to allow photos because the flash of light could damage some of the artifacts. A single camera flash wouldn't do any harm, but if multiple flashes day-after-day were allowed it would damage the artifacts. It was sobering to see the artifacts, many with large underwater photos showing the pieces laying on the ocean floor before they were retrieved. Cothing. Shoes. Dishes settled evenly into the sand like stacked domino's from where the wooden cabinets decomposed around them. Items that belonged to people, and the knowledge that the people who owned them, did not survive.
...and except for a twist of fate/timing, my grandfather was almost a passenger.
The aquarium exhibits were amazing with very inventive displays. Many of the tanks had little 'portholes' to get an up-close view, or overhead tanks so we could see the fish swimming over our heads. A touch pool where my nephew and I were able to feel the slippery skin of a ray. I think our favorite was the glass tunnel where the sea-life swam overhead was amazing. We saw many, many small fish, quite a few large fish and several sharks, manta rays and the whale sharks.
Parking was easy, though the downtown traffic was a bit 'hairy'. I'm just not used to driving among so many cars, but we made it just fine. GoogleMaps was my life-saver!