Osaka Aquarium 海遊館

Osaka Aquarium is called the “Kaiyukan,” or sea 海 play 遊 building 館. I noticed two main differences between American aquariums and the Kaiyukan.

  1. All of the sea life at the Kaiyukan was really happy and lively. I don’t know what they feed the animals, but it’s working.
  2. They have a penguin parade.

Several times a day, the staff will waddle a gaggle of penguins around a the front of the Kaiyukan. I came to the conclusion that this kind of thing couldn’t happen in America because too many people like me would be tempted to steal one.

I haven’t been to many aquariums, but from what I could tell the Kaiyukan was top notch.

Here we see the fugu blowfish luring in another victim with its innocent little smile.

“What am I doing in an aquarium?”

Smile and wave boys, just smile and wave.

Dolphins a.k.a. iruka

“Rabu rabu”

These are squid, or ika. I don’t mean to sound out of place but I swear, these things are delicious as sushi.

What? I probably wasn’t the only one walking around that aquarium getting hungry.

The Whale Shark (ジンベエザメ - jinbeezame) is the mascot of the Kaiyukan.

Jellyfish have no brains. That’s all I can tell you about them.

The Kaiyukan came fully stocked with a school of Nemos. And remember, we keep our supraesophageal ganglion to ourselves. That means you Jimmy!

The male has the waby.