23 December 2011

KaoHsiung 2011 - National Museum Of Marine Biology And Aquarium

On the second day of our KenTing trip, we decided to visit the National Museum Of Marine Biology And Aquarium (国立海洋生物博物馆), given that Faith is a super big fan of all things marine.

The above picture is a water feature that greeted us when we first stepped into the marine park. The first thought that came to my mind was.....

"Alamak! How come all the sculptures leaking water??!!"*

* Click here to see bigger picture

Yeah..... my mind works in pretty weird fashion sometimes....

My impression of the park was a mixed bag of pros and cons.

What I liked about the park:
  • The entire park is HUGE. I like the open spaces.
  • They have a pretty decent size aquarium where the viewing glass panel from one end to the other measures 16m.
  • There is a baby whale shark in there which is pretty damn big. I am guessing the baby shark is about what? 10m in length? The local guide explained that a full grown whale shark would be around 20m in length. We won't be able to see the entire shark if it were in the aquarium since like I said earlier, the glass panel is only 16m across.
  • There is also a viewing aquarium featuring two baby Beluga whales. They are so manjah!!!

What I didn't like about the park:
  • Given the vast space of the park, the number of exhibits in pathetically little, so much so that quite a number of exhibits were either 3D holograms or animation to "simulate" the marine exhibits. I felt cheated.

We still had a couple of hours of daylight when we finished visiting the marine park where we decided to travel to another part of town to get onto a glass-bottomed boat (yellow ships on the right).

Pretty much uneventful with nothing much to see except.....

Click here to see the rest of the Kenting photos.
- Voxeros

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