Celebrate Whale Shark Weekend at Georgia Aquarium

Celebrate International Whale Shark Day
at Georgia Aquarium

Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31

Whale sharks are slow-moving filter feeding sharks and the largest known fish species in the world. The largest confirmed whale shark was over 40 feet long and weighed over 47,000 pounds. That’s an animal worth celebrating! International Whale Shark Day is August 30th, but we’re celebrating all weekend.

As the home to the only whale sharks in human care in the Western Hemisphere, we’d like to join you as we marvel at these incredible creatures.

Friday, August 30:

Be one of our first 200 guests at the aquarium on Friday, August 30 and receive a free 4R (Rescue, Rehabilitation, Research and Responsibility) reusable shopping bag!

Science on Tap
6:30p.m. - 8p.m. in Oceans Ballroom

We will be hosting a very special Science on Tap featuring the premier of the film Whale Sharks of the Yucatan: A Guy Harvey Expedition hosted by the film’s producer, George Schellenger and our very own Director of Research and Conservation Dr. Alistair Dove.

Purchase Your Science on Tap Tickets Here:
General Admission Tickets | Member Tickets

Saturday, August 31:

Members Only Whale Shark Weekend Pajama Party
9a.m. – 10:30a.m. in Oceans Ballroom

Members that pre-register will enjoy activities, special things to see and do, and watch an exciting episode of Ocean Mysteries with us, including a special message from Jeff Corwin to you! This episode of Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin will take us on an adventure from Atlanta to Mexico, where Jeff and the team will track migrating whale sharks. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 250 members who register will be admitted.
Members can register for the Pajama Party here:
Member Tickets

All guests!
Join us Saturday, August 31 for special whale shark activities and presentations in our Oceans Ballroom from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Guests will get to see up close the lift stretchers that Georgia Aquarium’s own whale sharks were transported on from Taiwan to Atlanta!
  • Guests will also get to see the raft ladle that we feed our whale sharks with and plastic replicas of the food we feed them.
  • Don’t miss out on fun narrated whale shark feedings at the theater window in the Ballroom at 10:30 a.m. and again at 3 p.m. at the theater window inside Ocean Voyager. You can even adopt your very own whale shark today.



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