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Animal Fact

Sand Tiger Shark

Scientific Name
Carcharias taurus
Conservation Status
Near Threatened
Fact
A sand tiger shark's spots fade as the animal matures.
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Encounters

Try the All-New, Immersive Shark & Ray Interaction

Turn your fear into fascination. Suit up and get in the water with some of our sharks and rays in this newest animal interaction in our Sharks! Predators of the Deep gallery.

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Encounters

Get Up Close With a Sea Lion

Our unique Sea Lion Encounter takes you go behind the scenes to interact with these charismatic animals. Over the course of approximately 30 minutes, you’ll enjoy an exclusive tour of the California sea lion facility and a special educational presentation on the sea lions, then participate in an exciting sea lion training session alongside Georgia Aquarium’s own animal trainers.

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Suit Up & Go For a Swim With Whale Sharks

Journey with Gentle Giants swim encounter is the only opportunity in the world where you are guaranteed to swim with whale sharks, manta rays, and more. You’ll get to swim with a snorkel in the Ocean Voyager exhibit, built by The Home Depot, with thousands of amazing animals for the experience of a lifetime.

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Encounters

Get Ready to Cage Dive With Fearsome Sharks

This new animal interaction lets you submerge yourself in a shark enthusiast’s dream and venture into the deep with some of our predators of the deep. Take a ride through our new gallery and come face to face with a number of shark species, including the incredible great hammerhead and sand tiger sharks.

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Encounters

Suit Up & Scuba Dive With Whale Sharks

Journey with Gentle Giants dive encounter is the only opportunity in the world where you’re guaranteed to dive with whale sharks, manta rays, and thousands of other sea creatures. Suit up to SCUBA dive in the lively waters of the Ocean Voyager exhibit, and have the experience of a lifetime. (SCUBA certification required)

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    Zebra Shark

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    California Sea Lion

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    Whale Shark

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    Sand Tiger Shark

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    Whale Shark

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Whale Shark

Scientific Name
Rhincodon typus
Conservation Status
Endangered
Fact
Whale sharks’ mouths can reach up to 4 feet (1.2 m) across.
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Upcoming Events

Join Us Beneath the Waves

There's always something new happening at Georgia Aquarium. Check out our upcoming virtual and live events for fans, families and 21+.

  • Family Events
    Aug 10

    Yoga by the Water

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    Aug 13

    Sips Under the Sea – Luau

    The air is warm and the seas refreshing! Join us for Sips Under the Sea: Luau, exclusively f...

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  • Conventions
    Sep 4

    Dragon Con Night

    It’s baaaccccck!  Channel your inner fantasy and join us for the return of Dragon Con Ni...

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  • Adults-Only Events
    Oct 8

    Atlanta Pride Official Kickoff

    Celebrate Atlanta Pride in style at Georgia Aquarium. We are thrilled for the return of this...

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  • Family Events
    Aug 10

    Yoga by the Water

    Break a sweat at the most unique and inspiring fitness studio Atlanta has to offer – Georg...

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  • Adults-Only Events
    Aug 13

    Sips Under the Sea – Luau

    The air is warm and the seas refreshing! Join us for Sips Under the Sea: Luau, exclusively f...

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  • Conventions
    Sep 4

    Dragon Con Night

    It’s baaaccccck!  Channel your inner fantasy and join us for the return of Dragon Con Ni...

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    Oct 8

    Atlanta Pride Official Kickoff

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White Spotted Jelly

Scientific Name
Phyllorhiza punctata
Conservation Status
Not Evaluated
Fact
A large group of jellies is called a smack.

Live From the Aquarium

Need a moment of zen or just a daily dose of cuteness? See what our animals are up to in real-time, from anywhere when you live stream Georgia Aquarium galleries.

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Research & Conservation

African Penguins Are Officially Endangered

African penguin population numbers have dropped 60% in the last 30 years. Georgia Aquarium aids in their fight for survival through breeding programs and partnerships with organizations in their native South Africa, like the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.

Find out what we're doing, how we're succeeding, and how you can support our mission.

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How You Can Help

Become a Member to Help Us Make a Difference

Georgia Aquarium membership supports not only African penguin survival but all of the Aquarium’s efforts in aquatic animal research and conservation. Membership and other contributions are critical to continuing our efforts and success in our mission.

Members can take advantage of free general admission, plus discounts on special events, Aquarium programs, products, and more.

There's Plenty of Fun in the Ocean

Check out some new and upcoming things to do for ocean lovers and animal fans alike.

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Penguin Encounter

Go behind the scenes of our Cold Water Quest gallery for an up-close-and-personal penguin encounter.

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Dolphin Encounter

Adventure behind-the-scenes of the dolphin theater where you’ll to get to meet our dolphins face to face.

Book a Virtual Guided Tour

Enjoy Georgia Aquarium at Home

Sit back and enjoy guided virtual tours through Georgia Aquarium’s galleries and behind the scenes areas.

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Ways to Save on Your Georgia Aquarium Visit

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Save With CityPass

Spend less, Experience more! Save 45% on Atlanta’s top 5 attractions including Georgia Aquarium.

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Military Discounts

We are honored to be able to provide special discounts for our active and former military members, veterans and their families.

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Explore our specially crafted packages to make your trip, staycation, or visit to Atlanta an amazing one.

Get an Original Painting by Our Animal Artists

Our playful and curious animals have been busy creating masterpieces. The artists-in-residence include dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions, and penguins. Each purchase supports the Aquarium's research, awareness, and conservation efforts. Order yours today!

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Animal Fact

Common Bottlenose Dolphin

Scientific Name
Tursiops truncatus
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Fact
Bottlenose dolphins do not have a sense of smell.

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