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Monday, December 05, 2005
 
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The Largest Aquarium in the World!
over 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water, 100,000 animals representing 500 species from around the globe and over 505,000 sq. ft of total space
whale sharks and beluga whales being the main draw
It was a pretty amazing spectacle. My thanks go out to Cain and Kari for the invite. I probably would not have ventured out that way without their generousity.

I know that Junior had an absolute blast. Even he was mesmerized with the second largest picture window in an aquarium. Just sitting there, wide-eyed, watching all the big fish swim on by.
He wasn't too interested in the interactive parts where you get an opportunity to touch things like horseshoe crabs, shrimp, starfish, etc.
My personal favorite? The spider crab:
Ya know that these things can get as big as a car? Now imagine just swimmin' along, minding your own, when you brush up along one of those. Pretty freakin' creepy. But imagine how much crab meat you could get out of one of the "big as a car" ones. That equals one big-ass crab cake if you ask me.
As with any "tourist attraction", the "cafe" within the giant fish bowl is a HUGE rip-off. Where else can you get a side of fries, 4 cokes, and a miniture pizza and not get change from a $20? But that form of price gouging is nothing compared to the parking situation. We paid $10 for the parking deck across the street. The Georgia Aquarium website states that parking is $8. We were already jacked for 2 bucks. But as we were leaving we noticed signs that offered parking for $20. Good thing we got there early.

All in all, an awesome experience. I can only imagine what this is doing for the Chattanooga Aquarium, only about 2 and a half hours up the road. Who wants to go to Tennessee when you can endure 2 more hours in the car to visit the WORLD'S LARGEST AQUARIUM??? I mean, I've heard the fish bowl in Chattanooga was nice, but how can it compare to the WORLD'S LARGEST AQUARIUM??? I can almost hear the economy of that Tennessee town crumbling.
 
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