📍Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa, Japan. .
I’m usually not a fan of zoos or aquarium as I think it is cruel to captive wild animals and marine lives, but after going to Sanctuaries in Australia I came to realized that many organizations created shelters to save weak or injured life or to protect species from extinction. .
In this case, the Churaumi Aquarium obtained most of their whale sharks from incidental catch by fishers or stranding. Some whale sharks were released once their health recovers. They are also trying to breed whale sharks in captivity. (I’m not sure if that’s a good thing tho 🙄) Yes, they captivated the species but provided a considerably healthy and wildlife-like environment for them.
On the other side, the ocean is heavily populated with plastics, chemicals, toxic wastes, etc. It is reasonable to think that aquariums are inhumane, but is it fair to the wild marine lives that we invaded and polluted their homes? #rethink #noplastics #saveearth .
This aquarium is one of the largest aquarium in the world. It has a gigantic glass display tank, which still remains the largest glass panel in an open aquarium (top is not covered for natural sunlight to penetrate through). Water for the saltwater exhibits is pumped into the aquarium from a source 350 m offshore, 24 hours a day.