The Georgia Aquarium located in downtown Atlanta was built on land donated by The Coca-Cola Company. The impressive blue metal-and-glass exterior was meant to represent a giant ark breaking through a wave. It was the world's largest aquarium from the time it opened in 2005 until 2012with over 550,000 square feet of covered space and 8,000,000 gallons of fresh and saltwater exhibits.
High-volume tanks and species of beluga whales, whale sharks, and manta rays have drawn many film production crews to the Georgia Aquarium. Among the movies filmed here are "What to Expect When You’re Expecting," Miley Cyrus' "The Last Song," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip," and Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy 2."
Released in 2010, "The Last Song" stars Miley Cyrus and a then unknown, Liam Hemsworth. The entire movie was filmed throughout the state of Georgia including a scene at the aquarium.
As an entity, the Georgia Aquarium is well-known for playing a crucial role in aquatic conservation throughout the world, which made it a natural choice for Animal Planet’s 2019 series, "The Aquarium." In the series, viewers get a glimpse into the lives and stories of the animals that call the over 10 million gallons of water at the Georgia Aquarium home. Among these include rescued southern sea otters and California sea lions, endangered African penguins, manta rays, and much more.
"The Aquarium" also showcases the Georgia Aquarium’s ongoing efforts to protect aquatic species in the wild as they travel not only within their own backyard but also across the world to help animals in need. In the series premiere, a group from the Georgia Aquarium makes the trek to Cape Town, South Africa in order to save a group of African penguins and assist in the release of some rehabilitated penguins back into the wild.
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