Jelly in the Void
Whilst staying in Osaka 大阪市 I figured I may as well visit Kaiyūkan 海遊館, one of the world’s largest aquariums seeing as I was in the area and at somewhat of a loose end. I can’t say it was the most enjoyable way to spend the day – many of the animals, especially the penguins and the capybaras1 looked pretty miserable to me and some in seemingly ill-health.
I was much more interested in the deep-sea creatures, the bizarre alien forms that eke out an existence under many atmospheres of pressure and a total absence of light. I believe that this particular ethereal organism is a Blue Blubber Jellyfish (Catostylus mosaicus), but I wasn’t paying much attention to the notices at this point. It’s always the same in large museums, there’s so much stuff that no matter how diligently I make an effort to take all of the information in during the first few exhibits, I inevitably come to the same realisation that I’ll have forgotten it all by the time I get to the exit, and so instead resign myself to just admiring and wondering at all the pretty things.
- Why these should even be in an aquarium is beyond me – they’re not a water-dwelling creature, they just happen to live near it and swim on occasion. Maybe that’s the tenuous connection resulting in their inclusion – more likely though is the fact that they’re pretty cute, and indeed crowds of girls were huddled around the small enclosure with constant squeals of ‘kawaii’ forming the basis of most conversations.