July 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

Originally uploaded by jenna.laprade

Saturday after my birthday Bryan and I took a day trip to Cape Hedo, the northernmost point of Okinawa. It was absolutely incredible to drive almost the entire circumference of the island, and to see how uninhabited the north really is. On the way we stopped at the aquarium in Onna because we had heard such amazing things about it.

While the entire aquarium was phenomenal, truly the best aquarium I have ever been to, the highlight is definitely the final tank, pictured here. The glass (which is 3 feet thick) runs from floor to ceiling. The tank is enormous and filled with giant whale sharks that swim alongside stingrays that have to have a 6 ft “wingspan” and thousands of fish swimming along in schools. It was amazing to see this sea life as if you were inserted into the middle of the ocean. I still don’t understand why the sharks don’t gobble up all of the fish, so maybe someone can enlighten me.

I love this shot because you get a really good feel for the floor-to-ceiling glass, and the little people at the bottom give you a good perspective on just how enormous the sharks are. One of my favorite Okinawa experiences so far!

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