Largest Aquarium in the World
Aquariums come in different sizes. Some are made to be placed inside our living room or bedroom to keep different kinds of fishes and other water based animals. For those who are quite fond of sea creatures, it is a good place to keep them and feed them. A public aquarium on the other hand is a good place to see them in an environment similar to their natural habitat where they can swim around and play. Almost all major cities in the world have huge public aquariums that are composed of different aquatic animals for children and even adults to enjoy watching. But, there is one that is found on Earth that houses almost 120,000 different types of animals.
The Largest Aquarium on Earth
The record for being the largest aquarium on Earth belongs to the Georgia Aquarium which houses over 120,000 species of animals. It was opened on November 2005 and quickly earned the title and the record. It was built under the credit of Bernard Marcus for his 60th birthday. He was inspired by how the Monterey Bay Aquarium made his birthday so memorable that he donated $250 million to provide for the construction of the world’s largest on earth.
The land was donated by the Coca-Cola Company and is situated just north of the Centennial Olympic Park near the CNN Center. The total landmass of it is 550,000 square feet or 13 acres of covered spaces. The tanks hold around 8 million US gallons of both fresh and salt water. The Oceans Ballroom can accommodate around 1100 seated guests or 1600 standing guests with two glass windows for whale share and beluga whale viewing.
The aquarium opened on November 21, 2005. There were over 60 animal habitats that have been created to cater to different species of animals in the aquarium. During the first year, the number of people that visited the place was very surprising. It exceeded the expectations of many as the numbers grew each year since then.
A Rare Collection of Animals
There are more than 120,000 different fishes and other sea animals that are bred inside the aquarium. It is the only institution outside of Asia that has kept whale sharks in captivity. The whale shark exhibit was inspired from the primary characters of The Honeymooners thus they named the four whale sharks that were rescued from Taiwan’s annual fishing kill and placed inside the it. 2 years later, two of the four whale sharks died but received two more right before the ban on capturing whale sharks were approved internationally.
It also houses great hammerhead sharks. They are two of the only aquariums in the US to house such creatures. It is also the home of 5 beluga whales and manta rays were soon added into the mix.
There are a total of six different galleries that allow people to view these amazing sea creatures. These are the Georgia Explorer, Tropical Diver, Cold Water Quest, River Scout, Dolphin Tales, and Ocean Voyager.