Hitting up the Georgia Aquarium

A big ol’ whale shark, swimming over my head.

Thanks to Tropical Storm Debby, my second off-day of last weekend was pushed back, from Monday to Thursday. But since it lined up with my girlfriend’s shortened day of tutoring, we decided to explore Atlanta in the afternoon.

So we went downtown, to the Georgia Aquarium.

It wasn’t the first time either of us had been to the Aquarium, but it had been several years since our last trip. Not much had changed about the exhibits, but it’s always cool to spend a hot, summer day indoors, looking at fish.

We had a great time, once we finally made it inside the building. When we shuffled up to the line, tickets in hand, an employee of the Aquarium stopped us and told us nobody was allowed inside.

There was a water emergency in the city, and it was affecting the tanks.

Luckily, the outage only lasted about 10 minutes and we were pulled out of the heat and allowed to begin our tour (and also, the fish were fine). Once inside, we saw more than 100,000 sea creatures, including penguins, beluga whales and the glorious whale sharks.

On a weekday, a general admission ticket is going to run you about $40, and while I think that’s a little pricey, you do get to see a lot of really cool tanks with exotic fish along the way. So if you’re looking for a bit of heat relief in the coming months, step into the Georgia Aquarium and see some of the coolest living things on the planet.

Check out some more images below from our trip to the Aquarium

Easily one of the most beautiful images inside the aquarium.
I was very happy the whale shark cooperated for this photo!
A couple of penguins that seemed perfectly happy to be away from the scrum.
Japanese spider crabs, which my girlfriend affectionately named “The Mariachi Band.” I see what she means by that…

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