This aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world and is divided into 12 different zones, depending on kinds of environments in which creatures live. Now there are 850 kinds of aquatic lives are on display for visitors. The aquarium has various successful breeding programs and a baby Indian porpoise was born here for the first time in captivity. Nautiluses are also bred and a second generation of the sea otter was born in captivity for first time in Japan. Toba Aquarium has bred a pair of dugong and this is a world first. You can watch a sea lion show at the performance studio and will be surprised to learn what versatile entertainers sea lions are.Mikimoto Pearl Island
This is a theme park where you can understand all things about pearling industry. Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in creating the world’s first successful cultured pearl here in 1893. The Pearl Museum displays the process how to produce cultured pearls and jewelry. Mikimoto Kokichi Memorial Hall introduces the life of Kokichi Mikimoto, the legend of the cultured pearl industry. You can eat and enjoy shopping at Pearl Plaza. You can see demonstrations by “ama,” which are the female pearl diver and were crucial too the pearl cultures success.
Divers dived beneath the water for and searched Akoya pearl oysters. Putting a pearl nucleus in oysters, they dive again and return the oysters on the seabed. When typhoons came or red tides broke out, they moved the oysters to safe sanctuaries. Without ama, pearl cultivation could never have succeeded. Cultivation skills have been developed and now ama has become obsolete. This reenactment demonstration is performed to commemorate the activities of ama that were crucial in the early days of the pearl cultivation industry. Seeing a diver who wears the traditional white costume for pearl diving is fun.