Journey to the “Kuroshio”
We introduce you to the must-see points including Kuroshio Sea Tank, the main attraction of Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and other interesting exhibits like Shark Research Lab.
A dynamic world of migratory fish
The Kuroshio Sea
The gigantic tank, which has a volume capacity of 7,500 cubic meters, affords views from multiple directions, for example, from the Aqua Room and through the large acrylic window. Only here can you enjoy the sight of never-before-seen groups of whale sharks and manta rays swimming in the ocean.
(depth 10m, width 35m, length 27m)
|Number of seats||56|
Marine life found in this area
Video of the Kuroshio Sea
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Programs of the “Kuroshio”
Four times each day, the whale shark and other fish are introduced, with commentary about the tank, in front of the large Kuroshio Sea tank. At 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., an explanation of the whale shark, manta ray and other fishes feeding habits is featured. We hope you enjoy the amazing spectacle of the whale sharks and their feasting behavior.
- Explanation of the tank
Explanation of Kuroshio Sea, along with images of the whale shark's relocation to the Aquarium
- Explanation with diver
Explanation with live video by a underwater camera
- Explanation for feeding
- 15:00 / 17:00
Whale sharks stand straight up!! Witness an amazing feeding spectacle!
- Find a spot near the acrylic glass!
- The number one spot to watch the whale sharks feed is near the panel of acrylic glass (Kuroshio Sea, 1F). The whale sharks are fed in the middle of the tank, while the manta rays are fed at the sides. The whale sharks stand straight up in the water when they feed. The manta rays are fed a few minutes after the whale shark feeding begins.
- Seasonal Information: Zebra Shark Eggs
- In their breeding season, which lasts from April to July, zebra sharks lay large eggs about the size of a human palm.
- Jinta: The Aquarium's Biggest Whale Shark
- There are three whale sharks at the aquarium, the largest of which is named Jinta. Jinta which were transported into our Aquarium in March 1995, holds the world record for long-term keeping in captivity and keeps beating his own record.