Years in the making making, Georgia Aquarium’s long-awaited and newest gallery, SHARKS! Predators of the Deep, opened to the public on October 23, 2020. The new exhibit gives guests the opportunity to see one of the largest shark exhibits anywhere in the world.
“On behalf of the dedicated staff at Georgia Aquarium, we are excited to announce the opening of our new gallery, SHARKS! Predators of the Deep. A lot of work went into creating a spectacular guest experience, including new features and interactive elements that were designed for guests of all ages and abilities,” said Dr. Brian Davis, president and CEO of Georgia Aquarium.
Featuring many unique elements and state-of-the-art technology, guests are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience with one of nature’s most formidable apex predators. Sharks are featured in the 20-foot-deep, 185-foot-long exhibit and can be spotted in the floor-to- ceiling acrylic windows. Thousands of pilchard fish also shimmer and school throughout the 1.2 million gallons of saltwater among the sharks. An entirely new main entrance to the Aquarium also accompanies the exhibit. “As guests explore our new gallery, they will find themselves standing inches away from some of the most feared and mysterious animals on the planet,” said Dr. Davis. “We hope to turn that fear into fascination and ultimately an appreciation for sharks. Our goal is to have guests leave with a deeper understanding of all shark species and a respect to protect them.
Two brand-new immersive and interactive experiences will be available for guests to get even closer to sharks and rays. In a one-of-a-kind immersive experience guests will go behind-the- scenes and wade into an immersion pool attached to the main shark habitat. Accompanied by Georgia Aquarium staff, guests will learn about zebra sharks and stingrays while simultaneously being in the water with these animals. This immersion experience is now available and reservations can be made online. In addition to zebra sharks and stingrays, guests can be submerged into the waters of the main habitat and get daringly close to the sharks – from the safety of a dive cage that moves underwater. No dive certification is necessary as participants are guided by Georgia Aquarium Dive staff. The dive cage experience is available beginning in 2021!