On Monday the Zygotes visited the famous Kaiyukan Aquarium in Osaka, Japan. It’s a truly impressive place, specializing in creatures of the Pacific Rim. The arrangement is very well-thought-out: one starts at the top, looking at coastal and riverside organisms like penguins, otters, monkeys, sloths, and sea lions. The visitor gradually descends through the building, seeing creatures at different depths in their respective environments.
The star of the aquarium is the resident whale shark, Kai-Kun. Kai-Kun is an exceedingly big fish, with fins as long as a tall man, and a wide mouth which is very menacing if you’re a krill. Kai-Kun swims around and around in the giant center tank of the aquarium, escorted by rays and smaller fish. He’s the living mascot of the Kaiyukan Aquarium, and the gift shop is full of Kai-Kun merchandise and photos of various celebrities posing with a Kai-Kun model.