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Beluga and Friends Interactive Program, Georgia Aquarium





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Get to know the beluga whale

Enjoy a unique and unforgettable encounter with Georgia Aquarium's beloved beluga whales as you spend time behind the scenes with expert aquarium trainers.

Create emotional connections with these playful, charismatic animals that will linger in your memory forever as you put on your wetsuit and literally wade into the water for a hands-on interactive encounter like no other.

This educational program goes behind closed doors at the Cold Water Quest gallery for an in-depth look into Georgia Aquarium's conservation efforts with beluga whales. Find out about the biology, care and training of this enchanting species as well as Georgia Aquarium's role in beluga whale conservation. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet some of the other animals that live in the gallery.

With only eight participants per session, this unique and intimate experience will place you right in the center of the action as you meet the aquarium's most fascinating resident mammals from a breathtaking new perspective.

  • Enchanting two hour experience combining animal interaction, education and fun
  • Hands-on activities may include training, touching and even feeding the whales
  • An exclusive behind-the-scenes view of the beluga whale and harbor seal exhibit
  • Participation in an intimate, interactive training session alongside Aquarium trainers and beluga whales
  • Meet with other animal residents of the Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest gallery
  • Includes general admission to Georgia Aquarium with access to all six public galleries, before or after your session
  • Take home a souvenir photograph of your encounter and a complimentary towel to commemorate your experience
  • Must be more than 60” tall and weigh less than 300 lbs

Wetsuits, changing and shower facilities are provided. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult (one adult per minor required).This program is not suitable for expectant mothers.

Guests will have the opportunity to have an intimate, up-close experience with the beluga whales. There are a variety of activities that can take place at the discretion of the training staff which include interacting with and even touching the whales. Participating in training techniques and feeding may also be part of the experience. Animal trainers will tailor each program to ensure a safe and engaging experience for both animals and our guests. As a result, each program may be a little different.

Elements of this program may require guests to step into waist-deep water and stand comfortably on their own. In addition to meeting age, height and weight requirements, guests must also possess a minimum level of physical dexterity. Comfort in and around water, including standing in waist-deep water, is necessary to ensure a safe and engaging experience.

While the focus of this interactive program is on the aquarium's beluga whales, a part of the program is also dedicated to some of the other animals that reside in the Cold Water Quest gallery. The species will vary and can include harbor seals, penguins or sea otters. Requests for specific 'friends' are not possible and each program will be tailored around specific animal availability.

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