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Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest

Cold Water Quest From Oregon to Japan, from South Australia to South Africa, cold ocean waters teem with fish and marine mammals. Beneath the waves curious animals such as Australian weedy sea dragons, garibaldi damselfish and Japanese spider crabs hang among rocky ledges and kelp forests.

Two juvenile beluga whales, Grayson and Qinu, join adult beluga whale, Maris, in the Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest gallery. The two whales, which were born at SeaWorld San Antonio, are smaller than Maris. Qinu (pronounced Kee-nu), a two-year-old female, and Grayson, a three-year-old male, are light gray in color, a trait seen in this species before they mature into adults. 

To understand beluga whales, numerous research initiatives have been supported or undertaken by Georgia Aquarium. Learn more about how Georgia Aquarium is making a difference around the world.

The African penguin exhibit features more than 25 nesting areas integrated into naturalistic rockwork and comes equipped with a state-of-the-art lighting system that mimics the natural light cycle from twilight to moonlight. Acrylic tunnels and pop-up windows, built into the exhibit, allow guests to come face-to-face with their feathered favorites.

The gallery's Southern sea otter exhibit has doubled in size and has been modified to include additional deck space for trainer-animal interactions. New to the exhibit, a sneak peek window has been added, giving guests a look into the behind-the-scenes area for the sea otters. 


The world’s most magical aquarium is thrilled to announce the birth of two African penguin chicks. The young sea birds hatched within two weeks of each other in early January and have been hand-reared behind-the-scenes by Aquarium animal training and veterinary staff members since hatching. African penguins are listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. To learn more about the chicks and their progress, follow the Georgia Aquarium Blog.

Watch this video from Georgia-Pacific about how the Cold Water Quest exhibit provides a safe, indoor ecosystem for endangered African penguins. Georgia Aquarium's Scott Higley and Erin Morlang discuss the unique features of the newly renovated habitat such as a lighting system that mimics sunrise and sunset, handmade huts and special areas for visitors to get a face-to-beak view of the species.

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