ATLANTA (March 3, 2015) - Unleash your super powers and become a defender of the ocean at Georgia Aquarium’s Superhero Day on Saturday, March 7. All kids ages 12 and under dressed in their best superhero gear will enjoy free admission with each paying adult or Georgia Aquarium member. Admission includes access to all Aquarium galleries, AT&T Dolphin Tales, Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wondershow and the Aquarium’s newest interactive gallery, Aquanaut Adventure. In addition to general admission, heroes of all ages are invited to participate in various activities such as make-your-own superhero mask, Superhero Academy, games, photo stations and superhero appearances held in the atrium from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased online and each free child ticket can be redeemed at the main ticket window with verification of costume.

Georgia Aquarium works with heroes all over the world who help save the oceans through research and conservation efforts. Georgia Aquarium’s Caring Together initiative supports important field research regarding the study of belugas, dolphins, whale sharks and many other animals. One example of how Georgia Aquarium strives to better understand and protect marine life is by working with non-profit wildlife rehabilitation group SANCCOB to help preserve the habitat of the African penguin in South Africa. To learn more about Georgia Aquarium’s conservation efforts click here.

Georgia Aquarium also celebrates hometown heroes with its Veteran Immersion Program. Wounded war veterans and their families are invited to swim with whale sharks, manta rays and more in the Journey with Gentle Giants Immersion Program inside the Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot exhibit. The Veteran Immersion Program not only provides veterans with a unique and memorable experience, but also aids in physical therapy and encourages a positive transition back into civilian life.

Georgia Aquarium aspires to make the world’s oceans a cleaner and safer place for all of its inhabitants through responsible recycling and conservation efforts, and you can too. You don’t have to leave it to the experts, you can be an ocean defender every day. Here are a few tips on how you can help protect our planet’s oceans, rivers, and lakes and the animals that live there.

  • Reduce, reuse and recycle – Apply the Georgia Aquarium 4 R’s to your everyday habits.
  • Reduce your water consumption – Conserve your daily water intake by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
  • Use fewer plastics Purchase a refillable water bottle in order to cut down your plastic consumption.
  • Encourage change in your community Sign up for a recycling pick up service at your home, job or school. If there isn’t one in your area, inquire about how you can start one by contacting your local sanitation department.
  • Make sustainable seafood choices – Educate yourself and others on sustainable fishing and seafood purchasing methods. Learn more about how to be seafood savvy here.
  • Volunteer or donate to organizations working to protect the ocean – Find local or national organizations to sponsor that work towards preserving the ocean and marine life. You can even support Georgia Aquarium’s conservation efforts through supporting the 4R Program that funds efforts in rescue, rehabilitation, research and responsibility.

Anyone can make a change to better the environment. No matter how big or small, every effort counts. Working together we can make a difference and become superheroes for the ocean. For more information about Superhero Day at Georgia Aquarium and to purchase tickets visit www.georgiaaquarium.org

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ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, contains more than 10 million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting 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 www.georgiaaquarium.org.