I’ve never been one to be awed by sharks, despite the fact that they can dismember any of us within seconds. There’s just too many other creatures in the oceans that can dominate a shark, such as a Sperm Whale or Orca. However, they are visually arresting.
Moving on from the hammerheads, here is the second largest viewing window in the world, which of course more information can be found through the aquarium’s website . This acrylic wall is actually six sheets bonded together, which then cured for a month before being installed. The sheets were manufactured in Japan, and then the assembly was finished in Georgia.
Moving on from the sharks, another way that the Georgia Aquarium differs from SeaWorld is that the bulk of their exhibits are recreated ecosystems, rather than isolated species. Thus, the sharks, rays, and other fish all share a massive communal tank.
I am also quite pleased with how this next one turned out. It strongly challenges the closeup of the Manta Ray in the last entry as my favorite.
This is a Sawtooth, which generally lives in muddy water. The facial appendage is used to stir up silt at the ocean floor.
That last fellow begs the question of whether the big fish eat the little ones in the tank. Yes, it does happen. The staff tries to keep this to a minimum by frequently feeding the larger fish directly.
As I mentioned earlier, the sharks and other large fish are fed frequently, and thus it is deemed safe to dive in the habitat. For a few extra dollars they will book an appointment to let you swim mostly with the Whale Sharks.