Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium: hidden surprises
The Penguin Aquarium is not just for penguins. Do you not believe it? Let us explore it further.
So, I have gone through half of the Aquarium, now only the second floor is left. If you are wondering about what I had experienced at the Aquarium before, check out Part 1 at the link below.
The second floor had a fairly large jellyfish tank, together with multiple aquariums for other fishes and creatures found in the ocean near Nagasaki. Especially, the place also had a variety of rare Giant Mekong Catfish which were more than 3 meters in length.
There was a glass room located at the center of the floor which had a lake and a cliff to simulate the natural habitat of penguins around Antarctica. These were the species that I often saw on TV when I was a child, so I was extremely interested.
Diagonally from the glass room was a room with information about the penguins. I did not linger around for long but if you are interested in learning about the history, species, and numbers of penguins, I think this would be an interesting room for you.
Located in the corner of the 2nd floor, you know what they are? The smallest penguins in the world!!! According to the introduction board, they came from Australia. To be honest, I just wish I could adopt one of them. Such a little cutie!
In the opposite location, there was a Penguins Gallery. Besides models, they also had statues, teddy bears, pens, and medals. They looked pretty interesting.
I was going to skip the Virtual Cinema room because it was full of elementary school kids. But in the end, I did give it a try because I was too curious. Here, you can choose a picture of a penguin, a fish, or any other creature available at the Aquarium, and then you can color the picture according to your preference.
I am being serious though, guys! Let us paint using crayons. When finished, you give it to the staff of the Aquarium and queue up to receive 3D glasses to enter the virtual projection room. In the projection room, you will see your painted work swimming around.
A red pufferfish with a glittering star on its back. A purple penguin with small yellow flowers. It feels like you are in the middle of an alien aquarium, there are no rules. I had a lot of fun playing. That is it, no one could forbid you to do colorful painting and have fun even though you're 30, right?
Then I went down to the first floor, where there was a small souvenir shop selling everything in the shape of penguins, from teddy bears, pens, towels, to umbrellas and cups. I also had time to "purchase" a dozen penguin keychains as gifts.
On the same occasion, I visited the Touching Pool. This was a very small and shallow lake. It included creatures living in rocky shore areas, such as starfish, snails, sea cucumbers, and sea urchins.
Almost all of them are harmless, so you can comfortably hold and touch these creatures. There is only one small note that you must not let them leave the water for too long. And of course, you should also go easy on this to ensure the safety of these creatures.
By this time, it was past noon and I had completed the Aquarium trip and started feeling hungry. The group pulled together to the Seaside area.
The Seaside area is where penguins are taken to swim and sunbathe. Once again, my eyes are glued to the penguins, even though I have already seen the inside of the Aquarium building. It is simply because penguins were too cute.
The seawater was oceanic blue, the wind was blowing fiercely. My friends and I sat on the benches along the beach, and we ate our lunch bought at Lawson next to the previously mentioned parking lot. It was like having a picnic by the beach. It felt so great.
A small tip: If you want to go back to the Aquarium building, be sure to keep your admission ticket. This ticket allows you to enter and exit the building that day, as many times as you want.
As a final note, when you return, remember to catch the bus at Himi Kouen-Mae station. We almost caught the wrong one, fortunately, we were reminded by a Japanese family who came out of the Aquarium.
Leaving behind the windy coast, small green forest, and lovely penguins, I returned to the center of Nagasaki city. A memorable trip with extremely interesting experiences. I will be back at Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium again, that is for sure!
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