Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium exhibiting fish from coral reefs in Okinawa
December 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
On December 27, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium opened its “Oriental Zodiac Aquarium,” which is held every year. This year is the year of the Sheep in Chinese astrology. About 200 fish named after brightly-colored sheep, swam in tanks at the aquarium. The exhibit, which fascinated visitors, was held until January 4.
In keeping with a theme of vividness, the aquarium collected brightly-colored red, blue and yellow fish living around coral reefs in Okinawa, such as Amethyst anthias, blue dameselfish, and blue-green puller. Marine organisms that include the word “sheep” in their Chinese-character names, such as Manybar goatfish and comatulid, were also displayed. The fish were swimming animatedly in the columnar aquarium.
Breeding staff member Hiroshi Ashida said, “We have added to the illumination to make the fish look vivid. The aquarium looked even more dazzling on New Year’s Day, when extra decoration was added. I would like many people to visit the aquarium, which will make people enjoy the New Year Holidays.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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