Georgia Aquarium – Ocean Voyager and the Whale Sharks


The worlds biggest fish and one of the world biggest water tanks combined, makes for a spectacular sight at Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium. The Ocean Voyager tank is a massive 23.85 million litre / 6.3 million gallon tank and contains a multitude of sea life including Manta Rays and gigantic Whale Sharks.

Ocean Voyager Georgia Aquarium
Ocean Voyager

When the Whale Sharks first come into sight it is hard to wipe the grin from you face (luckily there is no need to!). The Georgia Aquarium has 4 Whale Sharks. They can grow up to around 12 metres /40 feet in length but currently the ones here are about half that size though! Regardless they are still huge!

Huge Whale Sharks gracefully pass by
Huge Whale Sharks gracefully pass by
A Whale Shark and Manta Ray pass the divers giving you a great perspective of the sheer size of these creatures
A Whale Shark and Manta Ray pass the divers giving you a great perspective of the sheer size of these creatures
Georgia Aquarium A Whale Shark and Manta Ray pass the divers giving you a great perspective of the sheer size of these creatures
The divers are dwarfed
Whale Shark Ocean Voyager Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
Hey Big Fella!
Whale Shark Ocean Voyager Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
Stunning

The main viewing window into Ocean Voyager is 7 metres / 23 feet tall, 18.6 metres / 61 feet wide and 0.6 metres / 2 feet thick. This makes it the second largest viewing window in the world and an impressive sight indeed (I believe the largest is in Dubai, but the largest overall aquarium was the one in Georgia until just after my recent visit when an even bigger one opened in China)!

The thickness of the tank viewing window is impressive!
The thickness of the tank viewing window is impressive!
Whale Shark Ocean Voyager Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
Graceful yet gigantic!
Whale Shark Ocean Voyager Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
Look at that little girl reaching up
Whale Shark Ocean Voyager Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
Passing by in the busy Ocean Voyager tank
Whale Shark Ocean Voyager Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
Manta Rays and Whale Sharks

I probably spent at least half my time at the aquarium just watching the Whale Sharks and other fish pass by in Ocean Voyager. There is much more to see but they are hard pressed to top this.

Whale Shark Ocean Voyager Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
The colour patterns of the Whale Shark are very beautiful to see
Whale Shark Ocean Voyager Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
The amount of sea life in Ocean Voyager is amazing

These mighty fish were the main reason for my visit to Atlanta and I was not disappointed in seeing them. You cant help but be impressed by the overall scale of these magnificent creatures and the Ocean Voyager itself.

Whale Shark Ocean Voyager Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
I would love to swim with Whale Sharks in the wild some day
Whale Shark Ocean Voyager Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
I spent probably 2 hours watching them
Two of the leviathans pass slowly by each other as I enter the tunnel leading into Ocean Voyager
Two of the leviathans pass slowly by each other as I enter the tunnel leading into Ocean Voyager
Beautiful Whale Shark
Beautiful Whale Shark
Whale Shark Ocean Voyager Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
Goodbye
Advertisements

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheridan says:

    Stunning photography. Wouldn’t have been too complimentary with the rays though, given what their cousin did to Steve Irwin.

    1. Deano says:

      Thanks. Luckily the Manta Ray is a gentle giant (swam with them in Hawaii last year) so they can be forgiven for their cousins taking of our countryman 🙂

  2. Great article, and you’ve got a real knack with a camera. Whale sharks are so very photogenic, especially the lot they have in Atlanta, and glad to see you made the most of that.

    1. Deano says:

      Thanks. Looks like you had quite an adventure there yourself!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s