Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Aquas is the largest aquarium in western Honshu and is located within Iwami Seaside Park on Route 9 between Hamada and Gotsu. More than 400 species of critters are on display.There are lots of flying fishes, the Prefectural fish.
The changing colors of the Cuttlefish fascinated me. It had been more than 40 years since I had been to an aquarium, and I was pleasantly surprised at the displays and environment, not the dark, damp, concrete structures I remember from my childhood.
What fascinated me the most were the jellyfish, particularly the gentle writhing of their (tails? tendrils?
I kept coming back to them.
There is a transparent tunnel under the largest tank filled with turtles, sharks, and all manner of aquatic beings.
The main attraction is a show by a pair of white Belugas. Apparently they blow bubble rings. I didn't see the show as I was too busy watching the jellyfish.