ATLANTA (April 1, 2016) - Miss Norma, who gained internet fame when she opted out of cancer treatment and chose to travel the U.S., made a stop at Georgia Aquarium today. Norma celebrated her 91st birthday, which was March 31st, among California sea lions, whale sharks, African penguins, and of course, birthday cake.

Norma, her son Tim, and daughter-in-law, Ramie, were in Atlanta as part of their trip around the U.S. and Norma had never seen a whale shark. Lucky for Norma, Georgia Aquarium has four whale sharks in the Ocean Voyager Built by Home Depot exhibit.

Not only did Norma see an up close whale shark feeding, she met a California sea lion named Diego, an African penguin named Ruby, and celebrated her birthday among the thousands of marine life at the Aquarium with a whale shark themed birthday cake.

For photos of Norma’s 91st birthday celebration at Georgia Aquarium, please click here.

To find out more about Norma, her story, and follow along with her journey across the country, find her on Facebook at Driving Miss Norma. To find out more about Georgia Aquarium visit


Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit