A while ago, I did a piece on Japan’s Churaumi Aquarium. Considering the fact that the Japanese adore fish so much that they eat ’em raw, you could probably safely assume that the Churaui Aquarium is a sight to behold. You’d be right, of course, but it’s really hard to convey just how incredible the Churaumi Aquarium is without throwing you in a plane and sending you to Japan to see it in person. I try not to revisit topics, but the Kuroshio Sea exhibit alone is so beautiful that it deserves its own entry.
The main tank in the aquarium, entitled “Kuroshio Sea,” holds an incredible 1,981,290 gallons (7,500 cubic meters) of H2O, and it features the world’s second largest acrylic glass panel. The panel is 27 by 74 feet and the glass is six centimeters thick. This actually held the number one spot for the world’s largest acrylic glass panel until the extravagant construction over at Dubai beat them out.
Though, Japanese art doesn’t really have a flair for the extravagant. It’s more about simplicity and serenity than flashy colors. The Kuroshio Sea exhibit, which is virtually featureless save for the fish drifting through it, is the very picture of peace. Just go ahead and try to stay angry or stressed when you look at this tank. I’m not even sure if it’s humanly possible.
But don’t think for a moment that second-best translates into nothing special. On the contrary, this is probably the most amazing aquarium exhibit I’ve ever seen, and with a record of over 9 million YouTube hits the rest of the world seems to agree.
The tank’s so massive that it can fit whale sharks! They’re called “whale sharks” for a reason, because these massive fish can grow up to 41 feet long and weigh about 47,000 lbs. They’re the largest species of fish on the planet, and this tank is big enough to fit four of them — and still have enough fin room to comfortably accommodate dozens of other species, such as sea turtles.
The tank pretty much offers you the best glimpse of the deep blue ocean outside of strapping scuba gear to your back. Get ready to witness one of the most beautiful aquarium videos you’ve ever seen. Trust me: you want to view this one in full screen mode.