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Indigo the Octopus at The Shark Lab in Mossel Bay (2018-03-17) Animal Attractions | Photo Gallery 04 FEB 2019

If you are looking to swim with sharks but without say the danger aspect, then The Shark Lab at The Point in Mossel Bay has the perfect solution for you – a swim in their pool with a couple of friendly smooth-hound sharks.

Situated directly atop the rock channel that runs below the St. Blaize Cave, the Shark Lab actually does a lot of important work with regards to researching, rescuing and protecting local sharks and marine life, in conjunction with their time spent educating both fisherman and the public at large about these big apex predators.

Their tiny space is also home to what they have dubbed a mini-aquarium, essentially a room or two with a few fish in tanks, a view into the pool containing the smooth hound sharks, and a shallow open air “rock pool” that contains a lot of starfish, anemone and quite often, a playful octopus clambering about.

Indigo the octopus is an absolute delight mind you. A clever girls that loves playing fetch with a ball and is a brilliant teaching aid to help the kids get a better understanding about these intelligent cephalopods. (Plus, which kid doesn’t love having a moist starfish plonked down into their hands?)

The Shark Lab is easy to miss and if you aren’t going to swim with the sharks then you’ll probably complain about how small an experience it actually is. However, I enjoyed the intimacy of this mini-aquarium, and in particular, the friendliness and eager to inform nature of the staff on hand.

Now it is just a matter of the kids getting old enough so that I can toss them into the shark pool! :P

Related Link: The Shark Lab | Mossel Bay

Japan 2014 – 31 The Kyoto Aquarium in… Kyoto! (2014-10-07) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 18 DEC 2015

Talk about a change of scenery. For the last couple of days Ryan and I had been taking in a lot of Kyoto’s well known ancient attractions, in other words, castles, temples and shrines, but now having both seen more than enough in this category, we decided to take a break and check out a few different attractions in this culturally rich city.

So naturally we started with an… aquarium.

DSC07749 the kyoto aquarium in kyoto, japan

Opened in March 2012 in Umekoji Park, about one kilometer west of Kyoto Station, Kyoto Aquarium is a small (compact) two-story facility that is divided into nine zones with various themes, and exhibiting a variety of aquatic animals.

IMG_20141007_111700 seals at the kyoto aquarium in kyoto, japan

Smaller than Japan’s other more famous aquariums, Kyoto Aquarium is a little unique in the fact that Kyoto itself is an inland city and nowhere near the sea!

However, surrounded by mountains on three sides, Kyoto has historically always been water rich, thanks to the abundance of rivers that flow into it, and as such, it then makes sense that Kyoto Aquarium places much emphasis on river aquatic life – in fact, it even has a rather unique outdoor river zone to explore!

IMG_20141007_101738 dolphin show helpers at the kyoto aquarium in kyoto, japan

There were lots of preschool groups on school outings visiting the aquarium on the day, which meant that the atmosphere was quite excitable (noisy, but in a good way) – which is probably why Ryan and I then so thoroughly enjoyed the quick but entertaining dolphin and penguin show at the aquarium’s neat little dolphin stadium.

(Confirmed, you can never not enjoy watching dolphins at play!)

Also, I hugged a rather large salamander.

IMG_20141007_121144 craig lotter hugging a salamander at the kyoto aquarium in kyoto, japan

In the end, it was a nice change of pace and an enjoyable enough visit – though it did remind me once again just how much the Two Oceans Aquarium back home in Cape Town really does need a dolphin pool! Sharks aren’t nearly as entertaining…

IMG_20141007_114818 octopus at the kyoto aquarium in kyoto, japan

Related Link: Kyoto Aquarium (Official) | Kyoto Aquarium