After witnessing what I now know is called a “haboob” (huge dust storm for those of you lucky enough to have never been in one :)) this week, I can now finally share some of my impressions of Atlanta with you guys. I was there for a conference, so I knew there would be limited time for sightseeing. Unfortunately that meant I only drove by areas that I had originally wanted to see – like Underground Atlanta. Since I am a scuba diver that has been out of the water for way too long (over a year!), one of the Atlanta attractions that was on top of my list was the Georgia Aquarium. How could I not go? It’s the biggest aquarium in the world! They even have whale sharks which I have never been able to see in the wild. Lucky for me, my hotel was in walking distance to the aquarium, so one afternoon I walked over (despite the cold and rain and generally nasty weather that apparently October offers in Atlanta). And I am so glad I did! My favorite section, by far, was the Ocean Voyager. It’s a huge tank with sharks and mantas and loads of other fish. I couldn’t believe how huge the whale sharks are. Seeing them in the aquarium only made me really wanna make more of an effort to try and see them in the ocean somewhere. They are beautiful creatures! I think I would also be a little scared though if I did manage to see them while scuba diving somewhere – they are so large that even unintended I’m sure you could easily get hurt by a move in the wrong direction. I spent quite a bit of time in front of the largest aquarium window ever just looking at all the animals go by. It really feels kind of magical – despite all the kids screaming and general noise a family attraction brings with it 😉 Other than the Ocean Voyager I also really enjoyed the Touch Pool. There are small rays and also what looks like mini hammerhead sharks. Really cute! I felt totally silly standing in between all the six-year-olds trying to touch the silky skin of the rays, but oh well 😉 It’s fun! It kind of got crazy when the touching had to stop for some time, because the hammerhead look-alikes were being fed mini-shrimps. A real feeding frenzy!
I included a few videos below and if you see the one from the Ocean Voyager window, you’ll understand why I stayed so long in front of that window I think. There are a few more videos on my YouTube channel in case your interested. And, as usual, when I have too many pictures, there’s also a Facebook album if you want to see more 🙂
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