If you’re looking to visit the world’s largest aquarium, head over to Atlanta, in the United States of America to visit the Georgia Aquarium. More than 8.5 million gallons of marine and fresh-water house 120,000 animals of 500 different species. The main attractions are the aquarium’s four young whale sharks from Taiwan, four beluga whales and four manta rays.
Bernie Marcus and his wife, Billi, decided to build the world’s largest aquarium thanks to Bernie’s fond memories of visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 1990. After researching building structures and aquarium design (and after visiting 56 aquariums in 13 countries), Bernie donated $250 million to the construction of Georgia Aquarium. thanks to corporate donations from major sponsors (including Coca-Cola Company, Turner Broadcastings, Home Depot, UPS, AirTran Airways, AT&T, Georgia-Pacific, Time Warner, SunTrust and Southern Company, the aquarium opened debt-free on November 21 2005, thanks to the additional $40 million in funding.
There are between 100,000-200,000 fish and other sea creatures in the aquarium (that’s more than 500 species). The fish were transported from Taiwan to Georgia in 42 tanks – UPS donated the cost of shipping, which was estimated over US $200,000. The creatures are exhibited throughout the six different gallery spaces, all of which allow visitors to the aquarium to observe the amazing creatures with little to no visual barriers thanks to full-glass aquarium tunnels and floor to ceiling glass walls and ceilings.