Fulton County prosecutors say a former Georgia Aquarium employee has been sentenced to 20 years in an embezzlement scheme with four to serve in prison. Prosecutors say Davis stole roughly $225,000 from the aquarium during an 11-month timespan between 2012 and 2013.
Georgia Aquarium officials say the National Marine Fisheries Service has denied its application to import beluga whales from Russia. In a statement Tuesday, Georgia Aquarium spokeswoman Meghann Gibbons said aquarium officials were deeply disappointed in the decision.
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has applied for a permit to bring 18 beluga whales into the country. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the whales would be housed in aquariums and zoological parks around the country. The application is part of a three-year, multimillion-dollar conservation program meant to improve the genetic diversity of belugas in captivity in the U.S.