Day 11Part I: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

I am exmtremely fond of aquariums . If you put me in an aquarium and give me a camera, I won’t be bored for 5 days. Therefore when we went to Osaka on day 11, I was super excited to visit the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. It is one of the world’s largest aquariums, recreating the Pacific Ocean and its surrounding environments.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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Ringtailed Coati from Gulph of Panama

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Asian small clawed otter

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Porcupine fish.

This cool fish can inflate itself by swallowing air or water and become a balloon with sharp spines.

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Stripy butterfish

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Stingray

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Manta ray carrying a lazy slacker fish?

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Actually the small fish is a remora feeding off of the manta and helps removing parasites, algae, and dead skin cells. How cute they look together. What fine display of good ol’ symbiosis.

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Sea Turtle

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Love that melancholy eye

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Japanese spider crabs

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Moon jelly

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Playful penguins

Biggest regret of the day: did not get a picture of the whale shark , which is the most well-known attraction of Osaka Kaiyukan. In fact I was so absorbed by everything else, I completely forgot there was supposed to be an awesome whale shark in the aquarium. I took so many pictures one after another that my camera overheated and nearly stopped functioning . However I find it impossible to convey the allure of these fish and marine animals through still images. You have to see them in motion to fully appreciate their beauty and cuteness <3 I loved it there!

After visiting the aquarium we headed to Osaka Namba which will be the next update. Stay tuned!