Aquament Co., Ltd.
≪Winter Only≫ Protected Green Sea Turtles on Display [AQUARIUM x ART atoa] During the exhibition period, we will work on acquiring research data that will lead to sea turtle conservation.
At “AQUARIUM x ART atoa” (Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, hereinafter referred to as “Atoa”), with the cooperation of “Muroto Abandoned School Aquarium” (Muroto City, Kochi Prefecture, Director: Motoki Wakatsuki), green sea turtles that have been protected after bycatch will be exhibited for a limited time. We will work on surveys and research that will lead to sea turtle conservation, such as breeding and exhibiting sea turtles and acquiring research data on vision, learning ability, morphology, growth, etc.
A green turtle on display at Atoa
In recent years, highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in Japan from autumn to spring, and even in Atoa, when infection is confirmed in Japan, part of the penguin tank without a roof etc. The area is closed, and the exhibition is concentrated in an area covered with a roof and anti-bird netting.
Atoa does not have a permanent exhibition of sea turtles, but it belongs to the NPO Japan Sea Turtle Association (Chairman: Yoshimasa Matsuzawa), which works on conservation activities for sea turtles. The temporary exhibition was realized with the cooperation of Muroto Aquarium, based on an employee’s idea of using an empty tank during the countermeasure period to conduct research on sea turtles. The targets this time are two green sea turtles that were bycaught in fixed nets off the coast of Kochi Prefecture and were kept at the Muroto Abolished School Aquarium. Sea turtles also live in Osaka Bay, and debilitated individuals are often found. In the future, we would like to cooperate with related parties in Atoa and work on
conservation activities for sea turtles.
1. Exhibition period: Scheduled from Wednesday, November 2, 2022 to around spring
2. Species on display: 2 green sea turtles
3. Exhibition location: 4th floor SKYSHORE
4. Survey research content (planned)
1) Survey research on vision: color vision, shape recognition, resolution in water and air, dynamic visual acuity
2) Research on learning: recognition of self and others, learning behavior 3) Investigative research on morphology and growth: growth of the skeleton We will try to acquire basic data on the above themes, aiming to avoid crises such as elucidation of ecology and the problem of accidental ingestion of marine debris.
5. Cooperation: Muroto Abandoned School Aquarium
Opened in 2018 using the school building of a closed school (former Shiina Elementary School) in Muroto City, Kochi Prefecture. Inside the museum, fish caught in Muroto’s fixed nets are on display, and you can observe sea turtles and sharks swimming gracefully in the 25m pool (also known as the large tank). Designated Manager: NPO Japan Sea Turtle Association
-atoa basic information-
・Location: 7-2 Shinkocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0041 ・Homepage: https://atoa-kobe.jp
・Operating hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last admission 20:00)
*Business hours may change due to charter etc.
・Admission fee: Adults (junior high school students and older) 2,400 yen, elementary school students 1,400 yen, children (3 years old and older) 800 yen, under 3 years old free
*Prices are subject to change on certain days
*Admission time designated system. Advance reservations are
recommended, although same-day tickets are available.
*Tickets can be reserved and purchased from one month before the date of visit. *There is no limit on the length of stay after entering. Re-entry is not allowed.
Operating company: Aquament Co., Ltd.
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