The Ocean Voyager Gallery: What lies beneath
Ever wonder where all the fish poop goes?
What you see when you visit Georgia Aquarium's Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot gallery, one of the largest single aquatic exhibits in the world, is massive whale sharks (there are four), manta rays (Georgia Aquarium is the only aquarium in the country to exhibit them), squadrons of stingrays and thousands of other fish swimming around in 6.3 million gallons of salt water.
What you don't see is what lies underneath.
Consider this: Fish eat. And animals that eat excrete waste. The waste, aka "fish protein," has to go somewhere. That "somewhere" is known as the dirty basin.
The waste is skimmed out of the water by a state-of-the-art filtration system. Pumps for this exhibit alone filter more than 140,000 gallons of water in one minute. More than 61,000 cubic feet of air is injected per hour into skimmers that catch oils, residues and waste — and it all ends up in the dirty basin.
Watch the video to follow along as an intrepid reporter from Mother Nature Network dons boots and waders and descends into the muck to learn how the waste is cleaned out. She even grabs a shovel herself.
This is one scene you won't see, or smell, for yourself at the Aquarium.