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Churaumi Aquarium Okinawa

Churaumi Aquarium (美ら海 beautiful ocean aquarium) is one of the premiere tourist attractions in Okinawa prefecture.  The large aquarium is located within the even larger and interesting Ocean Expo Park on the Motobu Peninsula.  Boasting one of the worlds largest indoor tanks, the stars of the complex are three whale sharks housed with many other fish of varying sizes. Though I’ve lived in Okinawa for over five years, I had my first opportunity to visit Churaumi only this past weekend.  The

Deep-Sea Water Uses

As promised, this is a follow-up to the post earlier this week on International Cooperation in Green Energy.  Today I’ll share a few of the many uses of the mineral rich Deep-Sea water  used on Kume Island and also a byproduct of some green OTEC power generators.  The cold water at the bottom of the ocean is rich in nutrients and minerals, but since it is far from photosynthesizing phytoplankton (plant plankton) is limited in oxygen.  When that cold water

Marine Day 2012

July 16 2012 is umi-no-hi or Ocean Day in Japan.  It is a public holiday that is uniquely significant given that Japan is an island nation.  Although the holiday has a somewhat erroneous history, in modern times it marks a day for the people of Japan to think about the wealth of the sea and its importance to Japan culturally and economically, while also giving thanks for the ocean’s harvests. Many municipalities celebrate with ocean related activities.  Northern Okinawa hosts many events