Weighing 150 pounds and strong enough to require five men to
wrestle her out of her saltwater tank, Dylan the sea turtle is ready
to be set free after nine years in captivity and a final checkup by
Each day, thousands of visitors press up against the acrylic glass at the Georgia Aquarium to watch a playful beluga whale named Gasper. Gasper takes center-stage at the viewing window, blowing bubbles and making faces at wide-eyed children who coo and laugh at him and his tank mates -- Nico, Natasha, Maris and Marina.
The Georgia Aquarium opened in November to great fanfare and high expectations -- with organizers predicting it would draw more than 2 million visitors the first year and pump millions of dollars into the Atlanta economy.