The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is one of the largest aquarium in the world, and also features the largest acrylic glass panel in the world. The main tank of the massive aquarium holds up to 7,500 cubic meters of water, and is home to several whale sharks. The Okinawa aquarium is one of the few aquariums that provides a home to these large creatures in captivity,

No visit to Okinawa in Japan would be complete without spending at least a few hours exploring all the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium has to offer. The Kuroshio Sea is the name of the aquarium’s main tank, and is the world’s second largest tank, capable of holding an amount of water measuring 7,500 cubic meters. The massive acrylic glass panel measures twenty-seven feet by seventy-four feet, and is twenty-four inches thick. This tank is certainly the main highlight for guests at the aquarium.

The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is one of only a handful of aquariums throughout the world that is home to whale sharks in captivity, and also boasts an active whale shark breeding program. The size of the main tank that holds these massive creatures is particularly breathtaking as visitors watch a whale shark measuring 8.5 meters in length swim by. In addition to the breeding program for the whale sharks, the aquarium in Okinawa also has a breeding program for manta rays. Along with the whale sharks, the aquarium’s main tank is home to six manta rays, as well as over seventy other species of fish.

The tank focusing on the coral sea at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is open to outdoor sky, allowing the sunshine of Okinawa can shine down on the tank’s living coral. Visitors can view more than eight hundred colonies of various coral, consisting of over seventy different types of coral. The coral in the tank has been growing successfully for more than ten years, and was originally cultivated from the sea’s coral fragments. The coral sea tank is fed fresh sea water from the waters near the aquarium.

There are several other attractions visitors can enjoy throughout the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in addition to the main tank and the coral sea tank. The Deep Sea area located on the first floor of the aquarium features exhibits focused on the deep sea, showcasing marine life that live without sunlight more than two hundred meters beneath the surface of the water. The Ocean Planetarium highlights various creatures found in the sea that give off a natural light. Visitors can see the glow given off from fish, coral, and other sea creatures.

The Aqua Room offers visitors with a chance to take a break, sit down, and watch sharks swim above their heads. The room is situated underneath the main aquarium and features acrylic glass ceilings and walls. The Kuroshio Sea Tank Observation Deck allows visitors to view the huge main tank from above the surface. Guests can also enjoy watching dolphins at the aquarium during the dolphin show, viewing dolphins in the lagoon, and during the diver show.

424 Ishikawa, Okinawa, Japan, Phone: 81-7-56-41-95-73-31

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