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[I just recently switched the focus from the Florida Aquarium to the Georgia Aquarium. Florida is now an alternate. The Georgia Aquarium is the second-largest aquarium in the world, and it fits in nicely with the rest of trip 2.]

Many orders of animals have no representatives living in North America north of Mexico. If any of these animals are to be "experienced" in North America, it must be at a zoo.


Introduction to the Georgia Aquarium


Introduction to the Florida Aquarium

Some species naturally exotic to North America, or difficult to experience in the wild, that can be found at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa:

  • Porifera: Sponges
  • Hydrozoa: Fire Coral
  • Actinaria: Carpet Anemone
  • Alcyonacea: Leathery Soft Corals
  • Gorgonacea: Sea Fans and Sea Plumes
  • Ceriantipatharia: Tube-Dwelling Anemones
  • Corallimorpharia: Strawberry False Coral
  • Scleractinia: Staghorn, Elkhorn and other stony corals
  • Hirudinida: Leeches
  • Polychaeta: Featherduster Worms
  • Polyplacophora: Gumboot Chiton
  • Limoida: File Clam
  • Veneroida: Giant Clam
  • Decapodiformes: Cuttlefishes
  • Nautilida: Nautili
  • Neritoida: Tooth Snails
  • Dendrobranchiata: Penaeid Shrimps
  • Palinura: Shovelnose Slipper Lobster
  • Stenopodidea: Banded Coral Shrimp
  • Asteroidea: Sea Stars
  • Echinoidea: Atlantic Purple Sea Urchin
  • Holothuroidea: Florida Sea Cucumber
  • Ophiuroidea: Brittle Stars
  • Carcharhiniformes Reef, Swell and Hammerhead Sharks
  • Chimaeriformes: Spotted Ratfish
  • Clupeiformes: Herring
  • Elopiformes: Tarpon
  • Batrachoidiformes:Toadfishes
  • Lophiiformes: Shortnose Batfish
  • Dactylopteriformes: Oriental Flying Gurnard
  • Scorpaeniformes: Scorpionfishes
  • Tetraodontiformes: Triggerfishes and Puffers
  • Gasterosteiformes: Seahorses
  • Mugiliformes: Mullet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Image: The aquarium front.
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Trip 2 - Southeast
  1. Great Smoky Mountains
  2. Green Swamp
  3. Oconee National Forest
  4. Georgia Aquarium
  5. Centers for Disease Control
     
  6. Fairchild Tropical Garden
  7. Florida Keys
  8. Everglades
  9. Okefenokee Swamp
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