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The Osaka Aquarium

We went to the Aquarium to celebrate Court's Birthday. Warning: scientific names ahead.

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This is how Courtney wanted to celebrate her birthday. Which I had no problem with, it seemed like a good way to spend the day. Everything we read said to be there when the doors opened, so you'd avoid the crowds. This was no problem for us because of Jet Lag. At this point we were still getting up at 04:30 or 05:00 and going to bed at 21:30. The aquarium opened at 09:30, so we ventured out for our second trip on the train. We didn't have any problems finding our way there, all the train signs are laid out in English and everything makes a lot of sense.

We were glad that we showed up before the doors opened because that let us stay in front of these people...

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I think it's a pretty good system for class trips. Every group gets a different coloured hat, so as the chaperone you know exactly who's in your group and who isn't. They were pretty cute though. They behaved exactly like kids back home do. There was a lot of screaming and running from one display to the next. So we had to keep on our toes and move quickly ourselves.

Here is a link to the page for the aquarium for anyone who would like more info on it.http://www.kaiyukan.com/eng/index.htm

When we got into the aquarium the first display we came across were the asian smallclawed otters (Amblonyx cinerea). The only problem was we couldn't find them in the display. We searched high and low for them and eventually found both of them over in the corner having sex. When they say otters are playful, I think that's putting it very PG... what imaginations! Needless to say the chaperones moved the kids on pretty quickly.

Here are a few other pictures from our trip to the aquarium.

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This ocean sunfish (Mola mola) was kept in its own tank, and there were signs warning against flash photography.

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There were a few Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) on display. Their tank seemed really deep, but not quite so wide.

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Yep, he made some friends. Here's a close-up. It's actually the best picture we got of a penguin, because they were swimming and diving so fast. This one's a gentoo (Pygoscelis papua), but there were also emperor (Aptenodytes forsteri) and rockhopper (Eudyptes chrysocome) varieties.

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The female whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is the primary attraction at the aquarium. This specimen is 4.3 m long and weighs about 850 kg.

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The giant spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi) can reach up to 3.7 m claw tip to claw tip. The ones on display weren't quite that big (maybe 1.5 m). This picture was just begging to be taken. The funny thing is, there was a Japanese couple next to us taking the same picture, except it was one of them in the picture instead of a gnome.

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The big penguin costs ¥100,000 ($1000). Presumably someone has purchased one for that amount. Oh, to have that kind of disposable income to spend on a huge stuffed penguin.

Posted by agc_cwm 00:00 Archived in Japan

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