Viewers go behind the scenes at the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere - Atlanta's Georgia Aquarium.Georgia Aquarium, which plays a crucial role in aquatic conservation throughout the world, opens its doors to Animal Planet’s global audiences with unprecedented access to the aquatic animals and inner-workings of the Western Hemisphere’s largest aquarium in an all-new series, THE AQUARIUM. The series introduces and shares the stories of the amazing animals who call the 10 million gallons of water at the Georgia Aquarium home, including rescued southern sea otters, endangered African penguins, rescued California sea lions, and manta rays, among others.THE AQUARIUM also documents Georgia Aquarium’s ongoing efforts to protect aquatic species in the wild, traveling to their own backyard and across the world to help animals in need.
The Georgia Aquarium sends a team to Cape Town, South Africa to help rehabilitate and release a group of African penguins. A dive team installs a shipwreck feature into the Ocean Voyager exhibit to provide an enrichment for their sea turtle.
Two African penguins, Freya & Neo, welcome a young chick, but there's cause for concern when health problems arise. Staff work to train a trio of harbor seals to ride the elevator, with the only hiccup being a nervous seal named Floyd.
A sweet beluga whale trains with staff to go on the "whale scale." Blacktip reef shark L2 is not eating normally and staff work to figure out why. See the first sea lion born at the aquarium - 1-year-old pup Scarlett. And, sea jellies go on exhibit.
Beloved Asian small-clawed otter Pinkie has a recurring bloody nose, and the team goes to great lengths to find out what could be causing it. Feisty baby American alligators arrive at the aquarium and must learn to eat in an orderly way.
Trainers prepare two rescued sea lions for eye surgery. The team travels to the Bahamas to collect blood samples from native sharks for a study on the effects of plastics in the ocean. Staff devise new enrichment for giant octopus Ophelia.
A staff member helps in the rehabilitation of elephant seals in the Marine Mammal Center. Later, African penguins who have spent 25 years together are featured.
A southern sea otter is rushed to the health center. The team travels to Key Largo to help coral restoration efforts. Young African penguins prepare for an upcoming event. And love is in the air for a trainer and his favorite sea lion pup, Scarlett.
The team welcomes two rescued southern sea otter pups, Mara and Gibson, from the California coast. Young ruddy ducks arrive at the aquarium and are introduced to their new habitat. Nandi, the aquarium's smallest manta ray, is due for her annual checkup.