Georgia Aquarium

Jessica Fontana / Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta might be the last place you’d look for endangered penguins, but every morning at the Georgia Aquarium begins with a Waddle Walk. That’s when staff take endangered African penguins out for a walk around the aquarium. GPB intern Olivia Reingold joined them recently to bring us this audio postcard.

Sam Whitehead / GPB

Whale economics: it’s something you’ve got to think about if you’re running a facility like the Georgia Aquarium.

They spent $6.5 million over four years trying to import beluga whales from Russia only to get blocked by the federal government. Now, they’ve said “no” to collecting wild belugas. Instead, they’re trying to keep their whale exhibit afloat through breeding and trading.  

But what’s the cost of a beluga? Where do you even get one? How’s the whale market looking these days?