Georgia Aquariums is one of the few places in the world where you can see this rare shark


Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium is known for its stunning galleries, ambitious architecture and unique accommodation options.

However, it also offers a rare opportunity to see whale sharks, one of the world’s endangered predators, up close.

This slow-moving giant is the largest known fish to have ever lived in the ocean. They average up to 32 feet long, but the largest recorded size was nearly twice that at a whopping 61.7 feet.

As of May 2022, the Georgia Aquarium is home to four spotted whale sharks. You’ll find them in the aquarium’s Ocean Voyager gallery, which resembles an underwater tunnel with a stunning view of the ocean floor.

From here you can stand under a bright blue sea and watch a variety of marine life swim above and around you.

The Georgia Aquarium is the only aquarium in the United States where you can find whale sharks.

They are considered critically endangered, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed them as an “endangered” species. Wild whale shark numbers are “largely depleted” as they are threatened by oil and gas drilling, human disturbance and industrial fishing.

If you can’t make it to the Big Peach, you can also view these animals from the comfort of your own home.

You can watch the Ocean Voyager live stream for free on the aquarium’s official website.

For a deeper dive, they also offer guided virtual tours for $9.95 of the 6.3 million gallon exhibit, which houses more than 90 species of marine life.


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