The Georgia Aquarium is debuting its newest exhibit to the public.
AT & T Dolphin Tales includes a new gallery with a naturally-lit entrance lobby featuring an underwater viewing window, and a new theater where daily shows will be held featuring eleven dolphins from all around the world.
Channel 2 Action News talked to the aquarium’s director of animal training, Michael Hunt.
Hunt said getting the dolphins to the aquarium was quite a process.
They lived at locations in Hawaii, Bermuda and Bahamas, said Hunt.
He went to each location to help create a gradual transition for the dolphins.
Being able to go there and spend time with the animals before we put them on the plane really translated into us being able to have a lot of success once we got here, said Hunt.
The dolphins were put into special containers and flown non-stop to the aquarium.
The mammals live in a $100 million habitat where they receive constant attention from trainers, a staff of 5 veterinarians and a Ph. D. nutritionist.
Dr. Greg Bossart is one of the vets on staff at the aquarium.
Bossart said the dolphins, Change peoples lives. People that come into this aquarium never ever get to see a dolphin, never can go to Florida or out in the ocean
Behind the Dolphin Tales Theater, the goal is inspiration.
Frankly, its probably going to be one of those, children here in Atlanta, who would have never seen the beach, who figures out how to save it all, said Bill Hurley, Sr. Vice President of the aquarium.
The AT & T Dolphin Tales show opens Saturday.
There are two shows, one at 2 p.m. and another 7 p.m.
For more information on the exhibit, click here.