Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
The Kaiyukan Aquarium
|Date opened||May 1990 |
|Land area||26,570 square metres (286,000 sq ft) |
|Number of animals||29,000 |
|Number of species||470 |
|Volume of largest tank||5,400 cubic metres (190,699 cu ft) |
|Total volume of tanks||10,941 cubic metres (386,378 cu ft) |
The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (海遊館 Kaiyūkan?, known as the Kaiyukan) is an aquarium located in the ward of Minato in Osaka, Japan, near Osaka Bay. It is one of the largest public aquariums in the world, and is a member of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA).
The walk-through aquarium displays marine life in several habitats comprising 27 tanks in 16 main exhibits with a total volume of 10,941 tons of water. The habitats are from the Ring of Fire area of the Pacific Ocean. The largest tank is 9 metres (30 ft) deep and holds 5,400 cubic metres (190,699 cu ft) of water and a variety of fish including manta rays and a whale shark.
The tanks used in the aquarium are made of 314 tonnes (346 tons) of acrylic glass. The largest single pane measures six meters by five meters by thirty centimeters and weighs roughly 10 tons. At the thicknesses used, regular glass would be unwieldy and would not have the desired transparency.
The themes, displays and their respective organisms at Kaiyukan are as follows;
Tunnel Tank; Chromis Notata, Siganus Fucescens, rays and the like
Japanese Forests; Oriental small-clawed otter、Satsukimasu、Japanese Giant Salamander and the like
Aleutian Islands; Sea otters、 Rainbow Trout、Sebastes inermis and the like
Monterey Bay; spotted seals and California sea lions
Panama Bay; sloths and porcupinefish
Ecuadorian Jungle; Arapaima, Iguana, Squirrel Monkey and Capybaras
Antartica; different varieties of penguins
Tasmanian Sea; Pacific dolphins
Great Barrier Reef; Chromis Notata, butterflyfish and other species
The Pacific Ocean; This is largest tank in the aquarium the whale shark, Manta Ray, Bluefin Tuna and other large fish of like size
Seto Inland Sea; Fish native to Seto, Japan
The giant kelp forest; Sunfish squid and other species
Chilean Rocks; South American pilchard、Japanese anchovy and other species
Cook Strait; Sea Tortoises and other species
Japanese trench; Japanese spider crab, largehead hairtail, North pacific giant octopi, marbled rockfish and other species
Deep sea Zone; Giant Isopods, Japanese lobsters, trumpetfish and other species
Jellyfish Area; Different varieties of Jellyfish
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