In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Georgia Aquarium debuted a number of exciting new attractions to bring guests closer to marine animals, with the most notable addition being the return of California sea lions to Atlanta.
We previously discussed the plans for the Pier 225 Exhibit in an earlier article, and the actual completed exhibit looks even more impressive than we could have imagined! Pier 225 takes visitors to the California coast, where they will be able to watch and interact with a diverse group of sea lions, including both young and adult individuals.
Pier 225 is home to four young rescued sea lions from the Unusual Mortality Event (UME) that took place in California throughout 2015. Thousands of sea lion pups were deemed non-releasable by government agencies after they stranded themselves on beaches in search of food. The Georgia Aquarium has welcomed some of these rescued pups to its brand new exhibit, where they will receive the highest quality of care and enriching lifestyles and where they will serve as ambassadors for their species.
Pier 225 also features a live presentation with sea lions and their trainers called Sea Lions: Under the Boardwalk. This presentation teaches guests about the relationships between animals and trainers as well as about the animals’ adaptations and the major threats facing sea lions in the wild.
Guests at the Georgia Aquarium can also plan to enjoy the all-new AT&T Dolphin Celebration, which is being described as “a high-energy, fun, and exciting experience that highlights the beauty, grace, athleticism, and intelligence of bottlenose dolphins.”
The new presentation is sure to feature some of the old behaviors that guests enjoyed in the former Dolphin Tales show, but the aquarium promises that a variety of new behaviors have also been added to the new presentation to teach guests more about the dolphins.
The aquarium also unveiled a newly-refurbished 4D Theater, several new touch pools, and upgrades to the Aquanaut Adventure attraction as a part of the 10th anniversary. Both the dolphin and sea lion presentations are scheduled for four times each day.