The , located in Okinawa, Japan, is the world's second largest aquarium behind the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
The aquarium is a part of the Ocean Expo Commemorative National Government Park located in Motobu, Okinawa
. The main tank called the 'Kuroshio Sea' holds 7,500-cubic meters (1,981,290 gallons) of water and features the world's largest acrylic glass
panel, measuring 8.2 meters by 22.5 meters with a thickness of 60 centimeters. Whale sharks
and manta rays
are kept amongst many other fish species in the main tank.
On 16 June 2007 at 10:25 PM a manta ray was born at the aquarium after a gestation of 374 days
The aquarium is one of very few that keep whale sharks in captivity, and is currently trying to breed them.
The Aquarium has a selection of activities ranging from a museum to a historic village. In addition to the Aquarium there are two different dolphin shows in which you can touch them and watch them perform in a show. There is also a manatee exhibit featuring manatees presented to the aquarium by the Mexican government. A recently closed exhibit featured assorted sharks. There is also Emerald Beach which is accessible by the 300 Yen Tram. The Botanical Gardens is just a little walk away from the Aquarium.
Motobu Okinawa, Rk 905-02 Japan
KINEN KOEN (Commemorative Park) Bus Stop
Expressway Bus No.111 and Bus No.70 etc. from the Asahibashi (Sun Rising Bridge) Railway Station via Nago city. (see the following External Links.)