This year I went to the Georgia Aquarium for my 16th birthday! The Georgia Aquarium is the biggest aquarium in the world and is also known for it’s large tank that holds over 60 million gallons of salt water! The tank holds the Aquariums 4 whale sharks, the only whale sharks in an aquarium in the United States. I have been there before for my birthday but this year was different. I saved for two years to swim with their whale sharks on my birthday!
The place that we stayed at was called Red Top Mountain State Park and was about 45 minutes away from the aquarium. It is a beautiful park. We stayed in one of their cabins that had a beautiful view of their lake.
Rontu made himself right at home in the cabin we stayed in.
On Monday, December 19, 2016 we took off for the Georgia Aquarium! My swim was scheduled at 4:30. In the mean time, we toured the Aquarium and went to their two shows, AT&T Dolphin Celebration and Suntrust Pier 225 which featured sea lions.
My favorite exhibit was the Ocean Voyager tank, the one that the whale sharks were in. I couldn’t wait to get in the water with them!
I also liked watching the beluga’s! They were so fun and cool to watch. One blew an air bubble in the water and was playing with it!
Finally, it was time to get suited up! My dad and I followed a dive master up to the top of the Ocean voyager exhibit where we were given our wet suits to put on. We were also given a snorkel, mask, and life vest to use.
In the tank, we followed a guide as we swam slowly in a figure eight pattern around the tank. Even though we weren’t allowed to touch the animals, the animals could touch us and I got touched by one of the whale sharks!
It was so cool to have the whale sharks swimming directly at you and then slowly swim underneath you! Along with the whale sharks in the tank there were, zebra sharks, black tipped reef sharks, manta rays, stingrays, a sea turtle, sawfish, guitarfish, and tons of other species of fish!
It was hard to get out of the tank when the swim was over, but a nice warm shower sounded good. The wet suit could only keep you warm for so long in the 76 degree water!
I had so much fun and would definitely do it all over again!