Kochi Prefectural Ashizuri Aquarium
For those who wish to learn more about Kochi"s abundant and beautiful ocean, we recommend a visit to the Kochi Prefectural Ashizuri Aquarium. The aquarium is located in Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park"s Tatsukushi marine park zone, near where Cape Ashizuri juts out into the Pacific Ocean. Built around the theme of "The Tosa Sea and the Fish of the Japan Current," it has approximately 200 varieties and 3,000 specimens of ocean life on display.
The six-meter-tall, nine-meter-wide large scale saltwater tank reproduces the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean with about 50 varieties of fish, including shark rays more than a meter long, other large, carnivorous fish like the giant trevally and Malabar grouper, as well as schools of beautiful grunts, bigeye trevally, and star snapper.
The individual tank areas display everything from moray eels, known as the "gangsters of the sea," and venomous sea snakes, to tropical fish such as damselfish and approximately 150 varieties of colorful coral. The mini tank area boasts a display of about 20 different kinds of visually interesting, ecologically unusual creatures including seahorses and the harlequin mantis shrimp.
At the touch pool, which displays examples of sea life native to tidal pools, visitors can touch and closely observe live shrimp, sea urchins, sea slugs, hermit crabs, and more.
Plus, with popular sea animals like sea turtles, seals, and sunfish on display, the Ashizuri Aquarium is the perfect place for people of all ages to enjoy Kochi"s sea.