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Old 07-20-2009, 03:48 PM
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Kuroshio Sea tank at Okinawa aquarium - amazing stuff

I'm a huge fan of sea life, and of aquariums. I've been to my share, including some excellent ones. But i now have a new mecca, and i won't be satisfied until i've seen it in person.

Here's the video

If your connection is fast enough, watch the high-def version. Definitely worth it.
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:16 PM
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Fixed link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7deClndzQw
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:06 PM
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That's the second largest aquarium tank I've ever seen!

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Old 07-20-2009, 05:15 PM
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Crap!

Thanks.
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:23 AM
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That's really amazing, but I have to ask, where's the largest one?
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:36 AM
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Well, the largest aquarium in the world is the Georgia Aquarium, in Atlanta. But i'm not sure if it also has the largest single tank.
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:51 AM
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Obviously, the largest aquarium tank in the world is in Monterey, California. And in Tampa, Florida. And in Sidney, Australia, and Vladivostok, Russia, and Singapore. And every other coastal city in the world.
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:56 AM
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Obviously, the largest aquarium tank in the world is in Monterey, California. And in Tampa, Florida. And in Sidney, Australia, and Vladivostok, Russia, and Singapore. And every other coastal city in the world.
Huh?

I'm not quite sure what you're getting at here. Is it the fact that some of the aquariums have tanks directly fed by the sea? If so, that's a pretty silly argument. Anyway, the Monterey Aquarium's largest tank is about 1 million gallons, which is about half the size of the Kuroshio Sea tank.

And it's spelled Sydney.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:47 PM
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One of my favorite spots in the world is in the Capetown, South Africa aquarium. They have a kelp tank that, while dwarfed by the OP, is pretty impressive nonetheless. You could bring a turrets-plagued Tasmanian devil in the middle of a manic episode and it would mellow out in about two seconds. Breathtaking.

None of the videos I found on YouTube were worth linking to.

ETA: I thought Chronos was making a joke about coastal cities claiming to have the largest aquarium.

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Old 07-21-2009, 03:39 PM
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OK, that one fell flat. I was referring to the ocean itself.
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:43 PM
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Wow.

We need an aquarium in my city.
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:46 PM
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OK, that one fell flat. I was referring to the ocean itself.
I get it now.

Is that what passes for ocean humor in Bozeman?
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:33 PM
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They have fucking whale sharks in there. Holy God.

That is so friggin' cool.
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:50 PM
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Well, the largest aquarium in the world is the Georgia Aquarium, in Atlanta. But i'm not sure if it also has the largest single tank.
According to the Georgia Aquarium website, the Ocean Voyager exhibit holds over 6 million gallons of water.
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:57 PM
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It's a very nice aquarium, located next to a pretty nice beach. Kind of a pain to get to, though.

The video in the OP doesn't really do the tank justice. It's really long, with theater-like seating around it so you can really take your time watching.
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:13 PM
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That was just beautiful and I loved the music.
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:40 AM
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OK, that one fell flat. I was referring to the ocean itself.
I got it, I just didn't have time to say so... not that it answered my question, really! So, thanks, everybody else!
The local aquarium here looks like toytown compared to these big ones, even though it holds a million gallons, apparently...
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:53 AM
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OK, that one fell flat. I was referring to the ocean itself.
I got it, but mainly because I've travelled to Bozeman a number of times to see the world's largest zoo.

Cool video, mhendo. Meccaquarium indeed.
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:00 AM
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Holy sea cow, that's one big fish bowl right there.
I'm not sure about the (at least) three whale sharks though, I don't think that aquarium serves as a breeding station so while it's good that people get a chance to see them perhaps it would be better to have left them in the wild or at least just get a single specimen. As far as I know nobody knows how many whale sharks are in the oceans, but they are elusive. I saw a small one (between 4 and 5 meters) in a dive in the Andaman sea, a diver later told me it was the first one he had seen in 10 years and 200 dives.

By the way, what's up with that diver shuffling around the bottom like that???
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:08 AM
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We live on Okinawa. The aquarium is awesome, and in fact, the Churaumi aquarium as a whole is really amazing. They have some reef tanks that are just beautiful, and have live coral in them. I believe they are ocean fed.

Here are some more pictures if anyone is interested.
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:13 AM
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Guys (in America), save some of your travel money. The Georgia Aquarium has tank three times bigger, with a bigger viewing window, that holds mutliple whale sharks (the size of school busses) as well as a bunch of other fish - now including tiger sharks - too.

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Old 07-22-2009, 10:15 AM
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Oh, and Ale, the diver is cleaning the tank.
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:26 AM
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Oh, and Ale, the diver is cleaning the tank.
Yes, well, I'm not wondering what he is doing, but why is he moving around awkardly like that instead of swimming. I suppose he may be carrying something heavy...
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:07 PM
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Amazing!!
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:17 PM
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The video makes it look like a crappy screen saver. I'm sure it's pretty damn awesome in person though. I wish the Long Beach Aquarium wasn't so expensive to visit.
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:05 PM
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They have fucking whale sharks in there. Holy God.
The Littlest Briston was just watching an episode of Go Diego Go! in which they learn all about Lucy the Whale Shark. As it ended, I fired up that video -- she went nuts, happily pointing out every whale shark that entered the frame and stating every fact she had just learned about them. An awesome moment...thanks for sharing, mhendo.
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:05 PM
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I get it now.

Is that what passes for ocean humor in Bozeman?
Well, you have to figure how often they need to make reference to the ocean at all in Bozeman?
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