People from around the world come to Atlanta just to see the Georgia Aquarium. If you haven’t been there yet this summer, now is the perfect time to go. That’s because you can actually get in the water with the belugas!
The Beluga & Friends Interactive Program, located within the Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest Gallery, is an inspirational journey connecting guests with beluga whales and other fascinating marine animals. This exploration into the arctic-themed habitat provides an exclusive and in-depth look into Georgia Aquarium’s daily animal care and whale conservation.
“We are thrilled to offer a new, hands-on experience to inspire guests through our beluga whale ambassadors here at Georgia Aquarium,” said David Kimmel, Georgia Aquarium president and COO. “The Aquarium is committed to providing opportunities to increase knowledge, change attitudes, create emotional connections and ultimately transform behaviors, which can result in positive impact to beluga whale conservation.”
As a leader in aquatic research and conservation, Georgia Aquarium is dedicated to inspiring and educating the public on beluga whales and the threats they face in the wild. There are estimated to be more than 150,000 beluga whales throughout their range in the northern seas that make up the Arctic. Major threats that impact beluga whales include risks related to increased rapid environmental changes.
The two-hour Beluga & Friends Interactive Program includes an informative orientation where guests learn about beluga whales, exclusive behind-the-scenes view of the beluga whale and harbor seal exhibit, the opportunity wade into the water and interact with beluga whales alongside animal training staff, and general admission to Georgia Aquarium.
All guests participating in the program will receive a souvenir Georgia Aquarium towel and photograph to commemorate their awe-inspiring experience. In addition, wetsuits, locker room and shower facilities are provided.
Guests can participate daily at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with times subject to change. The cost for the program is $224.95 plus tax, $205.95 plus tax for Annual Imagination Pass Members. Participants under 16 years of age must each be accompanied by a participating adult responsible for the minor and guests must be 60 inches tall to participate. Comfort in and around water, including standing in waist-deep water, is necessary to ensure a safe and engaging experience. For more information on Georgia Aquarium’s conservation efforts or to reserve a spot in the program, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org or call 404-581-4000.