Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beach Getting Chilly? Head To An Indoor Aquarium

You only have a few of choices when the weather gets cold and not so enjoyable to spend on the beach.  First you can bundle up and hang out in the sand and endure the cold, wet weather.  I have been known to do that numerous times.  Second, you can book a flight to a nice warm beach in some far away location.  Tho I would love to do that all winter long, it isn't always affordable.  Thirdly, enjoy one of the many indoor aquariums around the world.  They are a ton of fun all year around, but when it is chilly outside, the views from within these locations are  beautiful, warm and a great alternative to the beach.

Take a look at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.  Talk about amazing.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is one of many popular attractions at Ocean Expo Park. At the Aquarium, an intriguing world of marine life found in Okinawa is spread out for the thousand of guest that visit each year.. A sea of coral dazzled with sunlight exhibits over 800 different coral colonies. With its enormous capacity, a gigantic tank called The Kuroshio Sea Tank, the largest fish in the world, the whale shark, and the world's first successfully bred-in-captivity manta can also be seen.

An impressive variety of fish swim in a large tank, including the 8.5 meter whale shark and a manta ray with the world's record for longevity in captivity. The large acrylic window through which this impressive scene is displayed measures 8.2m in height, 22.5m in width, and is 60cm thick.

The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium has a rare open system in which sea water that is brought in from the ocean and enters the aquarium tanks and then is returned to the ocean once again. The large 300m³ tank has no roof, allowing natural sunlight to flood inside. Most of the coral has been cultivated for over eight years.

This is just one of many aquariums out there to explore.  Go soon, for when the weather begins to warm, I surely will not be advising you play indoors.

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