Meet-and-Greet with Diego the Sea Lion

While most of Atlanta was getting ready for another Monday morning at the office, this Gnome Queen was in for a very special and unique treat.

Where was I? The world-famous Georgia Aquarium, specifically at the Sea Lion Exhibit where the Giant King and I had an amazing meet-and-greet [and smooch] with the King Sea Lion himself: Diego.


Diego is the biggest of all the Georgia Aquarium’s Sea Lions, weighing in at over 500 lbs! At 14-years-old, Diego is also the oldest of all the Sea Lions and has been at the Georgia Aquarium since 2006.


Despite his size, Diego is an extremely sweet and loving pinniped to all his trainers’ and care-takers.


The Giant King and I were able to pet and receive kisses from Diego, as well as, many memorable photos.


Trainers, Beth and Josh, explained that Diego is one of the calmest and most relaxed of all the male Sea Lions they have ever encountered. His favorite food includes a variety of different fish and he enjoys playing with many of the younger Sea Lions such as Neptune and Peaches.


You can see Diego and all of the Sea Lion’s at the Georgia Aquarium’s daily Under the Boardwalk Sea Lion Presentation.

Buy your tickets today!



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