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10.4.09 - WORLD'S LARGEST AQUARIUM HOSTS ATLANTA PRIDE KICKOFF PARTY

by: Zaki Munis

The Georgia Aquarium , the largest aquarium in the world with more than eight million gallons of water and more aquatic life than any aquarium in the world, is hosting the Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party on October 31st, 2009. This event will be a great way to start off the pride weekend, as guys and gals will be dancing to the cool beats of Dj Martin Fry in dim lighting along with marine life from beluga whales to jelly fishes, from whale sharks to the mesmerizing creatures of amazonia. "We've had parties here before," senior manager of Group Sales, John Walker told us, as we toured the huge foyer that leads into each of the aquarium's exhibits, "but this is the first time we've hosted a pride event. We're very excited."

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Although the Georgia Aquarium is a 580,000 square-foot facility, from the groundbreaking to the opening, the construction process took only 27 months. The Georgia Aquarium is adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park and the new World of Coca-Cola in downtown Atlanta and sits on 9.5 acres of land, which was donated by the Coca-Cola Company. The exterior of the building was designed to look like a giant ship breaking through a wave. As guests enter the huge atrium inside the building, they are led into the facility by a “wall of fish.” They then have the choice of entering five galleries. Each gallery is easily identified by an icon and signage at the entrance: Georgia Explorer has a lighthouse; River Scout displays a cascading waterfall; Cold Water Quest has an ice-covered cliff; Ocean Voyager offers a window into the huge habitat; and Tropical Diver has two video screens displaying the perspective of a fish on a reef. After traveling through one gallery, guests return to the main atrium before entering the next gallery.

Aside from being the biggest aquarium in the world, Georgia Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world to have four whale sharks in their exhibit , whale sharks are the biggest fish in the world , the whale sharks are kept in a fish tank thats the size of a football field.

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On October 3rd the Georgia Aquarium opened a new attraction, Planet Shark: Predator or Prey. The interactive and engaging exhibition explores some of the unique relationships humans have forged with one of the world’s most feared predators-the shark. Planet Shark: Predator or Prey takes guests on a journey of engaging discovery—presenting facts, dispelling myths, and providing a better understanding of one of the most misunderstood animals on earth. So much of the exhibit will capture your attention, like the list of shark fatalities this century; or the equipment used over the years to protect divers from the feared beast. The Aquarium further engages visitors, with lectures from world-renowned shark experts, shark-themed film festivals, and other interactive opportunities that will enhance the Planet Shark experience. Did you know that sharks are an endangered species, with humans killing them off faster than they can reproduce? Or that more people die in toaster accidents, that's right toaster accidents, you know the ones you plop the bagels into each morning, than die from shark attacks each year?

So, sharks , beluga whales , sting rays, dolphins, jelly fishes, whale sharks, turtles , sea dragons, dim lighting and Dj Martin Fry’s cool beats…….sounds like a party not to be missed.

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39th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival
October 31st to November 1st.
Openning party at Georgia Aquarium
For Tickets goto:
www.georgiaaquarium.org






 

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