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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 www.georgiaaquarium.org.




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Wednesday
Jul292015

Top 5 Features of Our New App


July 30, 2015

Top 5 Features of Our New App

Have you heard? Georgia Aquarium has a brand new app! Make your way on over to the iTunes or Google Play store to download it! Don’t worry, we’ll wait right here until it’s ready to go. 

All set? Great!

Now that you’ve got the app downloaded and ready to go, let’s take a look at some of the features that will enhance your magical experience while at the Aquarium.

1. Discover the secrets of Georgia Aquarium with our Audio Tours!
With plenty of fascinating animal facts and trivia about our Aquarium, you are bound to learn something new! Do you know what our albino alligators have for dinner?. Grab a pair of ear buds to find out the answer and prepare to explore the Aquarium like never before.

 2. Become a galleries & exhibits experts with our Animal Guide at your fingertips!

Using our galleries and exhibits page, you’ll never have to wonder where to find your favorite Georgia Aquarium creatures! You can find exactly where each one of our animals are housed, along with in-depth descriptions and facts about what makes them unique. You might even impress your friends with some Aquarium facts!

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Friday
Jul242015

Health and Environmental Risk Assessment for Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins


July 24, 2015

Health and Environmental Risk Assessment for Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins

Written by Stephen McCulloch: Georgia Aquarium HERA program manager, field supervisor and co-investigator

Last week, Georgia Aquarium researchers, other scientific partners and I completed an ongoing study to better understand the health of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and the marine ecosystems we both share. Over the last two weeks, we have been operating in Florida’s most bio-diverse natural estuary, the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), where we collected data and assessed dolphins for the HERA program, which stands for dolphin Health and Environmental Risk Assessment

Gregory Bossart, V.M.D., Ph.D., chief veterinary officer and senior vice president at Georgia Aquarium and co-principal investigator and federal permit holder for the program, first initiated the HERA journey in 2003. Since that time, I have led 10 HERA investigations in the IRL and four in the coastal waters of South Carolina. This provides us with a unique comparative study to evaluate dolphin health in both regions.

The overarching goal of this comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program is to assess potential environmental and anthropogenic, or human induced, stressors that may affect the health and long-term viability of bottlenose dolphin populations.

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Friday
Jul242015

Marineland Dolphin Adventure Mourns Loss of Dolphin Calf


July 25, 2015

Marineland Dolphin Mourns Loss of Dolphin Calf

Marineland Dolphin Adventure is deeply saddened to announce the loss of its female dolphin calf born Sunday, July 12 to one of Marineland’s resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, Casique. This was Casique’s first pregnancy.

“Over the past several days, our veterinary and animal care team have provided around-the-clock care to Casique and her calf. Research shows that first-time cetacean mothers and calves in the wild experience a high loss rate within 30 days of birth, so we’ve been guardedly optimistic about the calf’s chances for survival,” said Gregory Bossart V.M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president and chief veterinary officer of Georgia Aquarium, Inc. “Early on, we were encouraged to see the calf nursing from her mother, however, our team became concerned when she developed a respiratory condition and when the mother demonstrated inadequate and declining maternal behavior to her calf.”

Marineland Dolphin Adventure is accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquarium and has the longest standing dolphin breeding program of any aquarium or zoo. In fact, the first successful dolphin birth in a human care environment took place at Marineland in 1947.

“This is a difficult loss for all of us at Marineland,” said Kurt Allen, general manager and vice president of Marineland Dolphin Adventure. “Our veterinary and animal care teams dedicate their lives to the care and conservation of these extraordinary animals. Although we are still saddened by this loss, we know our priority is to continue providing exceptional care to Casique and the rest of the dolphins in our care.”

A necropsy (animal autopsy) is being conducted by Georgia Aquarium, Inc. veterinarians and other outside animal health specialists. All tests and evaluations will be finalized within the next few weeks.

For more information on Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, please click here

This is a difficult time for Marineland Dolphin Adventure and Georgia Aquarium, and greatly appreciate any positive support and kind words from our fans. If you wish to share your condolences, you can do so through the Marineland Dolphin Adventure Facebook and Twitter pages.