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July 22, 2009 6:53 PM   Subscribe

Kuroshio Sea HD Video of the world's second largest aquarium tank at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan (via).

The world's largest tank would appear to be the Ocean Voyager tank (built by Home Depot no less) at the Georgia Aquarium. This tank also contains Whale Sharks, but in their Cold Water tank they have Beluga Whales.
posted by jontyjago (22 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
It's really quite hypnotic.
posted by arcticseal at 7:13 PM on July 22, 2009

I don't know where the claim to being the second largest tank comes from. The tank at Epcot is 3 times the size (5.7 million gallons compared to 1.9 million). The Georgia Aquarium tank is 6.3 million gallons.
posted by jedicus at 7:16 PM on July 22, 2009

Oh! So excellent!
posted by SPrintF at 7:16 PM on July 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

thanks for posting i just was watching some show about this. i think they were the first to feature the whale shark in captivity.
posted by snofoam at 7:25 PM on July 22, 2009

I don't know where the claim to being the second largest tank comes from.

"the world's second largest acrylic glass panel"
posted by eye of newt at 7:27 PM on July 22, 2009

That is incredibly hypnotic. I've always thought a great cable channel would be nothing but long, unedited clips of public aquariums from around the world.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 7:30 PM on July 22, 2009

Am I the only person that is sort of expecting the silhouetted people at the bottom to start making MST3K type comments?
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 7:33 PM on July 22, 2009 [5 favorites]

Apologies, I just blindly copied the 2nd largest tank quote without actually checking...
posted by jontyjago at 7:34 PM on July 22, 2009

Ahhhhh. That's really, really nice to watch.
posted by nosila at 8:01 PM on July 22, 2009

Man, that was soothing to watch. I wonder if they charge you by the hour to just sit there...
posted by Ron Thanagar at 8:26 PM on July 22, 2009

Everything about the Kuroshio Sea video is excellent, including the music.

But the Beluga Whale video features "Fly Away" and "Hotel California." What?
posted by mathlete at 8:28 PM on July 22, 2009

Looks delicious!
posted by veggieboy at 8:34 PM on July 22, 2009

Cool, all it needs are factory ships & long lines.
posted by mattoxic at 9:22 PM on July 22, 2009

This is really cool. I like the way they added the divers for scale ...
posted by carter at 9:33 PM on July 22, 2009

Just lovely, such a relaxing thing to watch.
posted by Ramo at 12:16 AM on July 23, 2009

How do they stop all these creatures from eating each other - carefully selecting species that are 'compatible'? And what kind of frenzy must happen at feeding time?
posted by woodblock100 at 1:06 AM on July 23, 2009

I didn't think that Fly Away could be any worse than Lenny Kravitz. Then it's done with bluegrassy instrumentation. Wow.
posted by lazaruslong at 5:38 AM on July 23, 2009

How can this be MetaFilter without an, "OMG! Octopus!" sighting? Are they even in the tank?
posted by fijiwriter at 6:43 AM on July 23, 2009

some big ol remoras on those whale sharks.
posted by Iron Rat at 6:53 AM on July 23, 2009

Awesome way to showcase this.

I can only hope more of these sorts of videos are forthcoming, for example, maybe one featuring the beauty of everyday tourists at the Corn Palace or the World's Largest Twine Ball set to relaxing music. Or, you know, more aquariums.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 7:05 AM on July 23, 2009

posted by HotPants at 7:33 AM on July 23, 2009

Cool I can take great pleasure in saying I lived in Okinawa for 3 years and visited this place a good 5 times. And was always a winner when I took visiting relatives or friends.
You can spend hours watching the tank and those huge whale sharks swimming around.
Thanks for the awesome reminder of a really cool place
posted by Merlin The Happy Pig at 6:04 PM on July 23, 2009

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