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Georgia Aquarium provides an entertaining, engaging and educational experience inspiring stewardship in conservation, research and the appreciation for the animal world. Visit us at

Georgia Aquarium
Atlanta, GA

Marineland Dolphin Adventure
St. Augustine, FL

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St. Augustine, FL

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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.

We need your help to expand our reach and discoveries in the world’s oceans and to continue the fight against emerging infectious diseases. Georgia Aquarium’s 4R Program encompasses Rescue, Research, Rehabilitation and Responsibility. With help from individual donors like you, contributions to the 4R program allow for continuing research and conservation activities that have a global impact.

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National Seafood Month: 3 Things You Should Know

October 16, 2014

National Seafood Month: 3 Things You Should Know

We are celebrating National Seafood Month this October by highlighting smart seafood choices and sustainable seafood resources. Through programs available here at Georgia Aquarium, we have the opportunity to educate ourselves and our guests to make smart selections in their seafood choices. Below are three things you should know about sustainable seafood and what you can do to make a difference.

1. What is “sustainable seafood?”

With almost 85% of the world’s fisheries fully fished or overfished, it is a growing concern that our oceans cannot keep up with growing demand for seafood.Steamed Mussels by Wolfgang Puck Seafood has grown in popularity because of the nutritious and healthy options across the world, and even though populations of fish and marine life decreases, the demand continues. “Sustainable seafood” represents a healthy relationship between the ocean and seafood consumers. If the population of fish continues to decrease at the current rate, there will not be enough left to support the fishing industry which feeds the growing population. Sustainable seafood is a way to manage seafood populations for future generations. Through a variety of programs, seafood is selected from lower and plentiful species which are able to reproduce quickly to sustain their populations and have a lower impact on the food chain if their populations decrease. Sustainable seafood programs also prevent the world’s fisheries from unsustainable fishing methods. Bycatch, the loss and injury of untargeted animals, and habitat damage is reduced so there is lower interference with animal reproductive cycles and ecosystem balance.

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International Cephalopod Awareness Days 2014

October 7, 2014

Celebrate International Cephalopod Awareness Days With Us!

It’s time for International Cephalopod Awareness Days, Oct. 8-12! The cephalopod group is a very fascinating and mysterious class of invertebrates, and to celebrate our appreciation for them, we are kicking off International Cephalopod Awareness Days with 5 days of fun and fascinating facts. We'll also be hosting a variety of educational onsite activities for all guests at the Aquarium and hope you'll be able to join us!

October 8: Octopus Day
We will begin International Cephalopod Awareness Days with the octopus, one of the most intelligent invertebrates. In fact, octopuses have a well-developed brain and have been known to solve mazes and unscrew jar lids!

October 9: Nautilus Night
This is a day dedicated to the lesser-known existent cephalopods! The nautilus’ shell is a beautiful natural defense mechanism and is what separates it from other cephalopods, for other cephalopods do not have an outer shell.

October 10: Squid and Cuttlefish Day, aka “SquittleDay”
These tentacular species contain eight arms and two feeding tentacles! Their long and torpedo-shaped bodies help with their agility and their skin can also rapidly change color and texture in order to hide or intimidate. Squids’ internalized shell is called a pen, and cuttlefishes’ is called a cuttlebone.

October 11: Myths and Legends Day
“What’s Kraken?” There are no doubt these odd but amazing animals inspired legends in movies and literature throughout time.

October 12: Fossil Day
Cephalopods have existed in oceans for millions of years and as our last day of International Cephalopod Awareness Days, we’re celebrating all the cephalopods that have gone extinct.

Daily Schedule of Onsite Activities, October 8 - 12:

11 a.m. Octopus Enrichment Session and Q & A with Biologist 

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