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.
- 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.
- 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
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!