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St. Augustine, FL

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Spooky and Spectacular Named Creatures 

October 29, 2014

5 Spooky and Spectacularly-Named Creatures


Halloween is “creeping” upon us and what better way to get ready for Georgia A-SCARY-Um than to highlight some of our most spookily-named critters?


Creepy Crawler of the Deep

What can grow up to 12-feet across, resembles a spider and prefers to inhabit the dark, deep parts of the ocean? That would be our Japanese spider crabs! Learn more here.


Ghost of the Ocean?

Our moon jellies can easily resemble a ghostly figure, with their translucent and whitish color! However, be careful not to mistake them for a floating plastic bag in the ocean. Learn more here.


Striped and Mysterious

While longfin batfish can be found normally lurking in coastal lagoons, you’ll see these yellowish and black, circular and striped fish here in the deep waters of our Ocean Voyager and Tropical Diver galleries. Learn more here.

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Beluga Maris Pregnancy Announcement


October 22, 2014

Georgia Aquarium Announces Beluga Whale Pregnancy

Today we are proud to share with you the exciting news that Maris, our 20-year-beluga whale, is expecting a calf in spring 2015! As with any pregnancy, preparations are being made to make the birthing process as comfortable as possible for Maris to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all of the animals. 

Dr. Greg Bossart, V.M.D., Ph.D., Georgia Aquarium’s chief veterinary officer and senior vice president says: “Maris is in good health, and her calf appears to be developing normally. We are hopeful for a successful birth, especially since Maris demonstrated strong maternal behavior during her first pregnancy. Chances for a successful birth increase with every beluga whale pregnancy. As with all mammals – especially marine mammals – pregnancy is a delicate process not without risk, so we are guardedly optimistic.”

Associate Veterinarian, Alexa McDermott (L) with Animal Care & Training Specialist Katie Lorenz (R) performing an ultrasound on Maris.

Leading up to Maris’ due date, Aquarium teams are preparing Maris and the beluga habitat for the delivery. Throughout Maris’ pregnancy, animal health experts are providing state-of-the-art prenatal care, including regular veterinary exams and frequent ultrasounds to monitor her health and the health of her calf. The beluga habitat will also receive some routine maintenance.

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Supporting Research and Conservation Efforts


October 17, 2014

The Essence of Life
Supporting Georgia Aquarium's Research and Conservation Efforts

Water is the essence of life on earth. Seventy-one percent of our world is covered by water, and it inspires the description of our home as “the blue planet.” Given the centrality of water to human life, and the great diversity of species and habitats our oceans support, there is an urgent need for us to understand and protect these aquatic ecosystems. The well-being of people, animals and the ocean is interdependent. The primary goal of Georgia Aquarium’s ocean research and conservation is to expand the awareness of the vital connection between the oceans’ health and human health.

Over the last three decades, approximately 75% of new emerging infectious diseases have been zoonotic, meaning the diseases have been transmitted from animals to humans. By exploring the connection between health and the environment, this interdisciplinary approach can help protect present and future generations.

Georgia Aquarium is a leader in the One Health movement, a collaborative effort of multiple health science professionals – veterinary medicine, human medicine, environmental, wildlife and public health – to obtain optimal health for people, animals, wildlife, plants and our environment.

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