Thursday, May 27, 2010

The biggest fish tank

kw: photographs, travel notes

We are on the road, currently in Atlanta, Georgia. We spent most of today at the Georgia Aquarium. Its main tank is billed as the largest in the world. It is designed to accommodate six full-grown whale sharks. At the moment they have four juvenile whale sharks, ranging up to 22 feet (6.7 m) long.
This lovely specimen is probably Alice. A guide had just named them for us, but by the time I took this picture, I am not sure, so it might be Trixie. The two males are named Taroko and Yushan.

Adult whale sharks are from thirty to forty feet (9.1-12.2 m) long, just a little longer than the largest basking sharks, which also approach forty feet in length. While we saw many other things, they'll have to wait just now.

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