Only 8 minutes away from the Osaka harbor, “Kaiyukan” is one of the largest aquariums in the world. It is well-known among tourists and local Japanese people which there are more than 2 million customers visiting annually. There are feeding shows from many members of aquarium, so be sure to check the schedule before you go!
“KAIYUKAN”, An Aquarium in Osaka
Once you entered the aquarium, you will immediately walk into the underwater tunnel”Aqua Gate”, where you can immerse yourself into ocean world and feel like you are being among these ocean dwellers.
Here, one of the most well known species of residence is the Whale Shark. Watching this enormous fish swimming around with size of 9 meters, really makes you feel the awe and realize how small we really are.
Last time, I make it to see the feeding show of the whale shark. It ate by sucking all the water and its food into giant mouth. Inside its body, there are pads which filter water and food, then it will release unnecessary water through its gills.
Next, I got to meet this curious little spotted seal. It seemed to like when people stare at him that he was constantly swimming in an upside down position, almost plastering his face to the glass and blinking those big, black, beady eyes as if he was the one doing the observing! He made it so easy to take his picture that you’d almost think that he was trying to pose for it~
I also found this absolutely adorable little guy in the north pole area lodging himself against a fake rock on the side of the pool, nodding off. Have you ever seen anything more huggable?! He was just leaning there the whole time I was staring at him (don’t pretend you wouldn’t have done it if you were there), mentally “awwww”ing while fighting the urge to get in there and pinch his blubbery little cheeks~
After the overwhelming cuteness of the seal section it was time to move onto something more challenging. Here in the Maldives section of the aquarium lies the largest interactive pool in the country where you can brush your fingers against stingrays and young nurse sharks. While in the wild, stingrays and nurse sharks are known to bite or attack out of retaliation when threatened, here the animals are very used to the touch of humans.
As long as you follow the guidelines provided by the nearby signs and staff, you’ll have no reason to come out of this encounter with less fingers than you had when you entered. The stingray’s skin is rather slippery and slightly slimy while the nurse shark’s skin is almost like a sandpaper texture. Don’t believe me? Come and feel for yourself!
All of this and more is waiting for you at Kaiyukan! Anyone who has a love for marine biology or just wants to see that all-too-adorable little face of the photogenic seal, come for a visit to the Kaiyukan if you happen to stop by Osaka!
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