Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a major aquarium? Animal Planet’s latest series “The Aquarium” chronicles the goings-on of the people who work at the Georgia Aquarium, keeping the resident fish and other aquatic species healthy.
The fourth-largest aquarium in the world and the largest one in the USA, Atlanta’s 10-million-gallon (37.9-million-liter) Georgia Aquarium hosts more than 10,000 marine animals from 500-odd species. The series highlights several of the aquarium’s inhabitants, including rescued southern sea otters, endangered African penguins, rescued California sea lions, and manta rays, among others.
In the premiere episode which aired this past Sunday in the USA, Aquarium staffers traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to help rehabilitate African penguins and assist in the release of a group of penguins back into the wild.
Other animal stories this season include Pinkie, a geriatric thirteen year old Asian small-clawed otter with a reoccurring nosebleed, which the vet and animal care teams go to great lengths to diagnose and treat; a very curious rescued green sea turtle named Tank who investigates an upgrade to his habitat; three Harbor seals — Rose, Floyd, and Cerberus — who prepare to relocate to a temporary home within the Aquarium; a charming mismatched duo — Toby the harbor seal and Hunter the rescued California sea lion — who recently became roommates; and stories of the various fish residents such as jellies, piranhas and archerfish, known for their trait of shooting water from their mouths to knock prey insects into the water.
“The Aquarium” airs Sundays in the USA at 8pm Eastern. Click here to watch the first episode.
Check out Animal Planet’s “Animal Bites” video below for more info about what goes on at the Georgia Aquarium.