When the government of the Japanese island of Okinawa decided to construct a new aquarium for the 21st Century their objective was to "bring the sea to the land". The challenge was to build a beautiful but functional structure, and to replicate the amazing diversity of the seas around Okinawa within the aquarium's many tanks. This diversity includes huge manta rays and whale sharks. Whale sharks can grow to 8 metres and would be housed in an enormous tank with the world's largest aquarium viewing window. The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium has become a place where hi-tech marine science blends with the creativity and functionality of great architecture: a man made marvel of science, nature and design.
Duration: 1 hour
Production Deal: Co-produced with Media Development Authority, Discovery Networks Asia and Beach House Pictures Pte Ltd
HD Version: No
3D Version: No
Program Licensing: Available subject to current licenses.