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The Aquarium of the Pacific

LB Aquarium of the Pacific Entrance
All Photos By Gail

During the Christmas holidays I enjoyed a relaxing and fun stay in Southern California. One of the local sites I visited for the first time is the Long Beach Aquarium, also called the The Aquarium of the Pacific. I have visited Aquariums all over the country from New Orleans to Atlanta to Seattle and I must say that the Aquarium of the Pacific is home to many exotic fish and sea creatures that I had never even seen before. So it was pretty cool and we had an awesome time. Here are some of my favorite photos of cool sea life we saw that day.

LB Aquarium Large Tank
This is a massive, floor-to-ceiling tank that they have out in the Main Hall. near the entrance I think this is a freshwater tank.

LB Aquarium Clown Fish Nemo

This tank stocked with colorful Clown Fish had all of the little kids screaming, “Nemo! Nemo! Dory!” It was somewhat annoying, to be honest. Just giving you a head’s up.

LB Aquarium Illuminated Jellies 2

Bioluminescent Sea Jellies

LB Aquarium Nudibranches

Nudibranches! My Favorite!

LB Aquarium Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea Dragon. Amazing.

LB Aquarium Weedy Sea Dragon

Weedy Sea Dragon

LB Aquarium Sea Horses

Sea Horses!

B Aquarium Sharks Ahead Sign

They have a pretty cool Shark Tank full of Sharks and Rays but none of the Sharks would stop moving to pose for a photo. I did get a decent shot of the Giant Ray below, which was as a big as a small car.

LB Aquarium Giant Ray

Giant Ray!

LB Aquarium Spiney Crabs

Spiney Crabs!

LB Aquarium Worm Fish

A garden of Worm Fish!

LB Aquarium Pink Coral

Pretty Pink Coral!

LB Aquarium Penguins

Penguins!

Aquarium of the Pacific is Located at 100 Aquarium Way (just follow the freeway signs) in Long Beach, CA 90802, Phone(562) 590-3100. Hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Every Day of the Year, Except Christmas Day and During the Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 19, 20 and 21, 2013). Adult Admission is $25.95 with Various Package Deals Available.

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Cool Things I Saw at the Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium Exterior
The Georgia Aquarium Rocks

On my last day in Atlanta, I took a trip to the Georgia Aquarium, which has been open for just one year and is the largest aquarium in the world. Seriously. Here are some of the cool sea creatures I saw on my visit.

Beluga Whale
The Beluga Whale, which is related to the Dolphin, is the only whale that can move its neck

The Aquarium has a pod of five Beluga whales. Their eyes look almost human.

GA Aquarium Tiger Shark
Whale Shark

They also have a bunch of whale sharks, which, obviously, are the world’s biggest sharks.

GA Aquarium Jellyfish
Jellyfish!

I know someone who would like to have a home aquarium filled with just Jellyfish.

Georgia Aquarium Big Tank
Big Big Tank

We stayed in this room for about an hour just watching the fish swim by. It was so awesome.

Giant Grouper
Giant Grouper

These Giant Grouper swim up to the glass and look right at you.

Leafy Sea Dragon
The Leafy Sea Dragon is Related to the Sea Horse and Pipefish

How can you look at this thing and say there is no god?

Weedy Sea Dragon
The Weedy Sea Dragon is the Leafy Sea Dragon’s Less-Flamboyant Cousin

The Georgia Aquarium really is like a Disneyland for fish and sea mamals. I had the best time and reccommend that everyone go there when they are in Atlanta. You can make advance reservations at their website.