Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Before I left Osaka, I took a quick detour to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

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Between the rail stop and the aquarium entrance, there were themed paintings on flower boxes and the like.

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The aquarium building itself looks a bit like a whale tail.  This is probably not an accident.

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The entry area contained this adorable toothy anglerfish sculpture.

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Most of my favorite things in the Osaka Aquarium were not fish at all.  For example, this little guy is an otter.  He was doing barrel rolls in the water.

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Nearby is a seal doing seal things.

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The aquarium is home to an entire tiny colony of Gentoo penguins.

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…and one juvenile whale shark.

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This spotted fish was the main reason I wanted to come to the aquarium.  I hadn’t ever seen a whale shark up close before.

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The whale shark swims in the aquarium’s Pacific Ocean tank, which is also home to bluefin tuna and many other very large fishies.

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This seal was very interested in what was happening on our side of the glass.

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Bio-luminescent jellyfish, as seen through very thick glass.

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My brain keeps wanting to label these cuttlefish as “scuttlefish.”  Do you suppose there’s a cuttlefish in charge, telling them which direction to point?

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This crab is facing a tank wall which appears mirrored because of the light inside the tank.  In my head, I hear his little crabby voice doing his best Pacino impression. “You talking to ME?!”

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Approaching the exit, there was a small group of very smelly Rockhopper penguins.

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…and one very chubby seal.

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I also took a bunch of other fish pictures, but the photos in this post are the ones which I thought were the most visually interesting.

Have you ever been to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan?  Have you ever seen a whale shark up close?

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