A tour inside Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan - part 2

After part one with mainly marine land creatures, this part will be about penguins from Antarctica, large fish from the Pacific ocean, dolphins, and tropical fish.


In this area, you can see penguins (Adelie penguin, King penguin, and Gentoo penguin) from Antarctica walk around and swim. The Adelie penguins have distinctive eyes (a white circle and a black dot in the middle). It almost looks like the eyes were drawn on with a black marker. The King penguin can be recognized by their bight yellow accents. 

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan adelie penguin
Adelie penguins in the background

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan king penguin whale shark
King penguin and whale shark

Pacific Ocean

This was the most interesting part of the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (the largest water tank in there!) and I remember spending more than half an hour here, just watching the fish swim around. You can find really large sized fish, such as the whale shark, the spinetail mobula ray (it can get max. 3 m wide), the manta ray, the hammerhead shark, and the bluefin tuna, and also, other interesting fish such as the Japanese jack mackerel, Chub mackerel, Bigeye trevally, Snubnose pompano, zebra shark, Mola Mola (aka ocean sunfish), and double headed maori wrasse.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan whale shark manta ray
whale shark and manta rays
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan smaller whale shark manta ray
smaller whale shark

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan mola mola ocean sunfish
Mola Mola (aka ocean sunfish)

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan stone fish guitar shark fish
guitar fish

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan spotted eagle manta ray
Spotted eagle ray
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan zebra shark
zebra shark

Tasman Sea

The Tasman sea is located between Australia and New Zealand and that is where the Pacific whitesided dolphins come from. The name obviously comes from the fact that the dolphins are white at the sides. I was lucky enough to see a mom-baby dolphin pair swimming together.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan tasman sea Pacific whitesided dolphins baby mom side by side swimming together
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan tasman sea Pacific whitesided dolphins baby mom from the back side

Sea of Finless Porpoise

At the time, there was a special exhibition of the Finless porpoise, which came from the Toba Aquarium. They are small-sized, white dolphins that have a cute appearance. Doesn't it look like he is smiling?

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan finless porpoise special exhibition

 Other areas

There are also other areas that I haven't taken many pictures of (or not clear enough) and they are:
Gulf of Panama (sea creatures such as Redfooted tortoise and porcupine fish), Ecuador Rain Forest (animals such as Pirarucu, Colossoma, and Capybara), Seto Inland sea (sea creatures such as the striped beakperch, common octopus, sea bream, and spiny lobster), Coast of Chile (schools of small fish such as anchovies and sardines), and Cook Strait (sea creautures such as porcupine fish, loggerhead sea turtle, pink maomao, and blue maomao).

I did take some pictures of these fish underneath, but I cannot remember from which area they were.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan exotic eel
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan exotic fish
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan aquarium moonfish

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