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    What is this?

    by joiwatani Written Apr 30, 2009

    There are many sea creatures that camouflage themselves for self-preservation. They mimick different animals or they change their colors.

    I knew I took this picture for some reason. There is something inside this little aquarium - it's a fish that is a master of disguise fish.

    Can you figure it out?

    Is it on the algae? Is it on the sand? Where is it?

    Master of disguise

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    Finding Nemo

    by joiwatani Updated Apr 30, 2009

    Have you watched "Finding Nemo"?

    Here's a collection of these adorable, orange-colored fish. Any child who watched the Disney movie "Finding Nemo" will probably recognize this kind of fish right away. For some reason, I don't know their local name or scientific name.

    Nemo (Sorry, I don't know their names)
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    Check out the hook fish at the Oarai Aquarium

    by joiwatani Written Apr 30, 2009

    I had been to many aquaria in the world (I had been to the San Diego Aquarium at the Seaworld, Monterey Aquarium (the largest aquarium in the United States) and Seattle Aquarium), but I haven't seen a collection of alive hook fish.

    At the Oarai Aquarium, you can see that they have a small glass tank filled with soft white sand and ocean water. It looks like there are no fish inside the glass.

    You have to look closely and see that those hooked on the white sand are actually the hook fish. They are not algae at all.

    The hook fish
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    The view deck at the Aquarium

    by joiwatani Updated Apr 30, 2009

    While waiting for the main attration of the Oarai Aquarium, which was the performance of the dolphins and the sea lions, we went to the observation deck. It is overlooking the harbor as the Oarai Aquarium was established close to the ocean.

    The neighboring town can also be seen at the view deck.

    There is a telescope you can use.

    My father and I at the observation deck My sister Nora and I Love travelling with my sister in Japan! At the observation deck
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    Look for the giant sting ray

    by joiwatani Written Apr 29, 2009

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    It's difficult to wait for the sting ray swim close to the main view glass of the giant aquarium. But when it came, I immediately asked my sister if she could takea picture of me sizing up the sting ray. It glides through the glass pretty fast.

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    Watch the penguins being fed in Oarai Aquaworld

    by joiwatani Written Dec 7, 2008

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    It so happen that when we were visiting the Oarai Aquaworld, it was the time for the aquarium staff to feed the penguins.

    He came out with a bucketful of fish and the penguins came out running. There was a special place specifically built for the penguins. They were place in a colder place that suits their body temperature.

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    Watch the sea lion/dolphins tricks

    by joiwatani Written Nov 23, 2008

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    We waited for the sealions/dolphins to perform. There were about a hundred spectators inside the covered pool. There were four dolphins performing. They jumped through hulahoops and they had synchronized swimming. It was a pleasant display. The children loved the tricks of the dolphins!

    The sea lion performing More tricks
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    Check out the Barracuda

    by joiwatani Written Apr 30, 2009

    The Oarai Aquarium is huge! They have a lot of collection of sharks. However, they don't maintain the big sharks. I think they release them after the shark reaches a certain age or weight.

    The sharks at the Oarai Aquarium
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    Check out the rock fish

    by joiwatani Written Apr 30, 2009

    Like human beings the rock fish is a master of disguise. You have to look closely to find the rock fish!

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