Posted by: Darrell | November 9, 2008

Okinawa: Churaumi Aquarium

The display of local Okinawan marine life

The display of local Okinawan marine life

Without a doubt, the best aquarium I have ever been to. In fact, I was so curious after visiting this aquarium, that I searched the internet and found out it is the second largest aquarium in the world, only second to one in Atlanta, I believe. On an island home to some of the most diverse marine life and deadliest sharks in the world, it is little wonder that I was left breathless by Churaumi.

The main tank at Churaumi

The main tank at Churaumi

The main tank featured was essentially all that there was in Kaiyukan (Osaka Aquarium); manta rays, other string rays, whale sharks and a plethora of other rare marine life. However, the scale of Churaumi easily dwarfed Osaka. With a larger tank, there was almost twice as much sea life. The way they set it up was also amazing. With theatre style seating to really take it in all was as much relaxing as it was captivating.  However, that wasn’t all there was in Churaumi.

The shark tank

The shark tank

The first tank I came upon captured my imagination and my attention. It was full of all the marine life in and around Okinawa and you would be equally captivated by the diversity and beauty. There was also a tank full of deadly sharks, all except the great white. There were also deep, deep sea creatures and the most poisonous creatures to mankind, who also happen to live in and around Okinawa. Each display was something that I had never seen before. The only way you can ever grasp what I saw is just to go there yourself. However, until then enjoy the pictures.


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