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Kelly Preston and family visit Georgia Aquarium

Kelly Preston meets a dolphin along with Georgia Aquarium director of animal training Michael Hunt.

Kelly Preston meets a dolphin along with Georgia Aquarium director of animal training Michael Hunt.

John Travolta is here filming a movie and brought his family, too. His wife Kelly Preston and their kids toured the Georgia Aquarium and spent some up-close quality time with at least one of the flippered residents.

Travolta’s movie is “Killing Season,” co-starring Robert De Niro. After filming in Rabun County in the north Georgia mountains the project has moved closer to metro Atlanta. Shooting for some scenes has taken place in Douglas County and elsewhere.

On Wednesday, during his remarks to the Atlanta Press Club former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, who is now chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, said he had visited the set on Stone Mountain.

The movie is set in the Appalachians, hence all the rugged filming sites.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

32 comments Add your comment

I find it cruel

February 23rd, 2012
2:57 pm

To keep large mammals captive for human entertainment. I find it disturbing you feel compelled to share these has been celebrities visits to this mammal hell hole.

Could you replace this blog entry with something else?

Thanks.

crackbaby

February 23rd, 2012
6:36 pm

@I find it cruel = A large mammal too uninteresting for human entertainment

It’s a celebrity buzz column [i]for crying out loud[/i]

Vince Doodley

February 23rd, 2012
6:39 pm

No one cares what this biotch and her family did at the aquarium

i hate the GA Aquarium

February 23rd, 2012
6:43 pm

The GA Aquarium is the worst one I’ve ever seen. Poor quality for the animals there. I feel bad for such huge animals trapped in a tank like the dolphins and such. Watch “The Cove” it’ll change your mind about some things.

Whogivesa

February 23rd, 2012
6:47 pm

@vince doodley, i agree. This is important why? Let me get this straight. She is married to a star, but really who gives a damn about them at the aquarium. Report about something that is interesting.

Susan

February 23rd, 2012
7:05 pm

I enjoy reading about celebrities visiting Atlanta. Keep reporting AJC. Love the aquarium. Can’t see why someone “thinks” there is poor quality for the mammals there. Prove it if you are so outspoken and know so much. Sounds more like an opinion than fact. Many lessons can be taught to children by way of the aquarium, and if they were not cared for properly, don’t think they would survive. Some are probably safer than if they were in open sea to be caught and eaten by folks like you. AJC has many different departments. Read the departments you are interested in and leave this one alone. Thank God you don’t have the say so in what is written. After all, it is free reading on the net.

One Who Knows

February 23rd, 2012
7:07 pm

remember, they are Scientologists …should they be visiting Christian dophins?

Kapoonka responder

February 23rd, 2012
7:09 pm

You find it cruel……….you find it disturbing………..what is wrong with you? Just large mammals?
Are you fat?

love the aquarium

February 23rd, 2012
7:34 pm

The Georgia Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the world, if not THE best. I think it’s classified as the biggest, which doesn’t necessarily mean best but the exhibits are superb. I’ve been to a few aquariums around the world and it’s definitely top notch. And the new dolphin show is incredible.

love the aquarium

February 23rd, 2012
7:35 pm

Scratch that…the dolphin show may not be new (not sure) but I saw it for the first time recently. The other 2 times I went were right after it opened and they didn’t have the show then.

i hate the GA Aquarium

February 23rd, 2012
7:36 pm

Dolphins sometimes travel up to 100 miles a day just to catch food. I don’t think they get that chance in a tank. Everytime I’ve had to go there, the tanks have been covered in cyanobacteria, a sign of poor water quality. And the reef tank is just sad, everything browned out and about dead the last time I Looked. Things do and have died there but anyways. Watch the film The Cove. It’s more about the dolphins though. How would you like to be trapped in a glass jar? http://www.takepart.com/cove

Mike

February 23rd, 2012
7:41 pm

I went to High School in Hawaii with Kelly – she’s gracious an a great actress on her own part. Covering her trip is appropriate and I found it nice to see a recent photo of her! Mahalo Nui Loa AJC!

Susan

February 23rd, 2012
7:42 pm

Let’s look at it this way. Yes, they are in a BIG glass jar. Yes, they are not FREE. Yes, they are CAPTIVE. Yes, they have EXCELLENT VETS watching for any sign of distress. YES, YES, YES, some must be sacrificed in a “glass” jar so that we learn more about their habits. YES, YES, YES, there are scientists and students learning about how best to take care of them and the ocean. How can anyone disagree with that? Should we just leave them to fend for themselves and do nothing to preserve them?

OldTimer

February 23rd, 2012
7:42 pm

For most captured mammals, I imagine it’s like living in a closet.

glovesave29

February 23rd, 2012
7:57 pm

Uh, no….cyanobacteria is the sign of a HEALTHY water column. It wont appear in water that is overburdened with chemicals – a la the home aquarist that wants perfect, clear water even though it adversely affects the animals inside.

Rafe Hollister

February 23rd, 2012
8:02 pm

National debt increases by 4 trillion $ under Bush in 8 years, by 5 trillion $ under Obama in 3 years.

If you’re reading this, you probably are in the 50 percent of Americans that pay no income tax.

greader17

February 23rd, 2012
8:35 pm

I don’t particularly like the aquarium or the zoo, but I wonder how else we would learn about different animals and species if not for environments like these? Maybe keep them awhile and let them go later? Anywhoo, I love Kelly and John, they seem to be very beautiful, gracious,kind people. I hope I get lucky and up close. Welcome to the ATL Travoltas, not all of us are brain dead idiots like some of the commenters. Jealousy is Lime Green and Pukey!

Justin Boothead

February 23rd, 2012
9:04 pm

Environmentalist are truely insane. Some of the animals at the aquarium were saved from being kill and possibly eaten in areas they swam. I feel bad for people with such narrow minded thought as i hate the aquarium. People work around the clock to care for those animals even nursing them back to health.

Emil Otouri

February 23rd, 2012
9:08 pm

Too bad the NEW World of Sid and Marty Krofft isn’t complete… the Preston-Travolas would have had a swell time!

i hate the GA Aquarium

February 23rd, 2012
9:36 pm

cyanobacteria shows up because of too much excessive nutrients. bad water quality. And yes you can have water thats too clean. But when cyno covers the sand, rocks and kills corals, that’s bad water quality. B-head it’s a catch 22 thing. I’m sorry you feel bad for yourself.

Bone

February 23rd, 2012
9:39 pm

Wow…what a waste of air…from everyone.

get real

February 23rd, 2012
10:02 pm

Saying these creatures live a better life in a tank or zoo than out in the open is like saying a human who loves the outdoors and adventure is better off being held captive in a mansion with every toy imaginable.

Of course, I’m guessing that the type of person who says crap like that probably doesn’t enjoy the outdoors or adventure and doesn’t understand why someone wouldn’t love to be pampered all the time.

get real

February 23rd, 2012
10:14 pm

It’s also comical to hear people try to justify the captivity by saying that we HAVE to learn about them to prevent their extinction. Well, if it’s an extinction caused by man, you’re doing a second wrong (holding them captive) to try and make up for the first wrong (killing them off). That’s shaky logic. And if it’s NOT an extinction caused by man, we have little business doing anything about it. Even if we did, it certainly would be overshadowed by the fact that we had to keep some of them captive to do it.

I suspect that when you get deep down to it, most people don’t really care if dolphins go extinct. They only care that if they go extinct, humans wouldn’t be able to enjoy their presence anymore. You see, it’s not about what purely is in their best interests. It’s what is in their best interests AND our best interests.

scott

February 23rd, 2012
11:20 pm

why does landlocked Atlanta have an aquarium…seem like it should be in a city thats located near or at a large body of water..atlanta has a water problem but has an aquarium??one word DUMB!!!but atlanta and vicinity is known to do things A&& backwards…best aquarium remains ..THE CHATTANOOGA AQUARIUM..IN BEAUTIFUL CHATTONOOGA TENN…OR THE CHARLESTON AQUARIUM IN CHARLESTON,SC

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February 24th, 2012
3:28 am

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Susan

February 24th, 2012
6:52 am

Re: GET REAL’S comment: Did you really think that comment through before posting? I LOVE the aquarium, and I LOVE THE OUTDOORS. I live on the coast and I DO enjoy all of the OUTDOOR benefits of being there. Many people visiting the aquarium are the same way. Seeing the Amberjack in the tank is so much more “enjoyable” than seeing them thrown off a boat DEAD as trophies for a deep sea expedition down on the Gulf. (And probably full of “bacteria” from the Gulf oil spill. That said, they can be quite delicious to eat.

Road Scholar

February 24th, 2012
7:28 am

The rudeness and pointless comments above are truly embarrassing. Your mothers must be really proud. And what does President Obama have to do with this story? Get alife.

emmysmom

February 24th, 2012
9:25 am

@I Hate the GA Aquarium, I don’t believe these dolphins NEED to travel 100 miles for food. If you hate the GA Aquarium so much, why do you continue to go there and support it with your ticket money, as in “Everytime I’ve had to go there…” Who’s making you go there? Trust me, those of us who love the Aquarium do not want you there.

do you really think that?

February 24th, 2012
9:34 am

I feel like some people try to convince themselves that captivity is ok because they think only “liberals” think otherwise.

Kim Kardashian

February 27th, 2012
11:59 am

Rafe sounds like you are one on those that pay no taxes ,that has nothing to do with this you need to post on a different site

Michael Hammock

February 28th, 2012
1:21 pm

Great photo! I agree. Ms. Preston is a great actress. Check out her work in “For Love of the Game”. We should be honored that she and her family chose to visit Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium.

Michael Hammock

February 28th, 2012
1:49 pm

Ms. Preston is a great actress. I would recommend “For Love of the Game”. Great work. Honored that she and her family chose to visit Atlanta and the aquarium.