Saturday, July 28, 2007

AQWA

Eversince I came to Perth many years ago (ok lar, not so many) I have always been wanting to have a visit to the AQWA (Aquarium of Western Australia). I have friends who are in Perth, and who have previously been to Perth, both highly recommending me to go and have a look-see. I just do not know why, I never made it there, and unwantingly I have turned down invitations after invitations, one included a trip with a group of hot Japanese Chicks and Hong Kong chicks. Lets just say shit happens, and yeah, finally I went there, today !! Hooraayyy....

SORRENTO BEACH

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AQWA is located at Hillarys Boat Harbour, which is just by the seaside, overlooking the Indian Ocean. And the beach at the coast is known as Sorrento Beach. Seriously, the scenery there is superbly awesome !!

HILLARYS BOAT HARBOUR

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The boat harbour itself resembles what you may expect from the harbour at Fremantle, with many white boats and blue, blue waters. There is just something about white boats on blue waters that calls out to my soul. The view seems rather peaceful, with cold winter breeze over the bright afternoon sun.

After having a brief walk around the surrounding area, me with my cool friends, Khee Hwa and Jay headed into the main entrance of AQWA, and purchase our entry tickets. The price for an adult ticket is 25 bucks each, which is a big, big ouch for a cashless guy like myself. Nevertheless, since my student card has no expiry date printed on it, I just presented it to the cashier, and she happily smiled back at me and quoted a concession price of only 18 bucks for me and my friends. I just saved 7 fooking bucks for the day. Somehow, I do not feel guilty committing this little crime. In fact it was the opposite, I feel darn good about it.

The interior of the AQWA is subdivided into several main sections, with each section exhibiting different categories of underwater creatures found all over Western Australia. I seriously do not remember, or rather, I never paid much attention to the names of the sections. I just walked all around, and look at the fishes and creatures randomly. Of course, with a camera in hand, I tried to capture as many good pictures as possible.

This is the first section that we went into.

UNDERWATER TUNNEL

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There were plenty of variety of marine life being showcased here, mainly the normal looking fishes, the not so normal looking fishes, sea turtles, stingrays, and many more. It was rather dark in the tunnel, and my camera did not do a good job capturing most of the pictures. Whoever was there would surely be stunned by the SHARKS. Yes, the number and the sizes of the sharks. They were HUGE I tell you, and there were MANY of them swimming around. It is hard to imagine the thin glass that separated the water from us could hold should one of the sharks decided to have fresh homo sapien meat for lunch.

SHARKS

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DON'T THEY LOOK HUNGRY??

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CLOSER LOOK

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THEY COME IN PACKS

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SAY AAAAAAAAAA

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I tried to take pictures of stingrays and turtles, but none of the pictures come out right, stupid retards all swimming darn fast. Dammit, can't they just slow down for a bit??

Then there was a section displaying deadly sea cratures that could kill you even as you touch it with your finger. Nothing impressive really, most of them look rather innocent, like the sea snake, and rock fish that could attack its prey at the speed of 1/20 second. And the puffer fish that the Japanese loves to use for their delicacies could also kill you.

There were plenty of coral displays as well.

CORALS...

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WE FOUND NEMO..

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Too bad, really, they never had real HUGE crocodiles on display. They ones they had were only the size of peanuts, and the only big one they had, was made of plastic. Why is this so? How can they not have one? Have they had any issues keeping one over the history? Like maybe the croc went loose and ate an elephant or something.

Anyway...

IF YOU DO NOT STOP CRYING ALL NIGHT I WILL CHUCK YOU INTO ITS MOUTH !!!

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HOW DOES IT FEEL LIKE INSIDE A CROC'S MOUTH??

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To me the most interesting creature in the entire AQWA is definitely the sea lions !! Seriously, the kids love them, the adults love them... I love them !!! They appear to be so much cuter in close looks, and their movements are just so adorably graceful. They have friendly and beautiful faces too, similar to those impressions I get when I see cats.


A SEA LION

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THAT LOOKS YUMMY !!

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GARRRHHHH I CANT BITE IT !!

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MOMMY, CAN I HAVE ONE?? PLEEEAAAASSEEE???

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I am sure Feli would appreciate the AQWA very much, since she is studying marine biology stuff, and I have not much of a clue what and how things work around the creatures. Many of the creatures are being endangered, and WA has spent a fortune trying to preserve and restore the marine life and ecology over the years. Well, I think there is just so much we could do to save the environment, but as long as humans exist, and do what humans do best, the world will perish one day, from the sins of mankind alone.

We checked the schedule as we have come to the end of our tour, and we found out that there was a special presentation for the visitors !! They were giving s short presentation on the sea lion training session, and I gotta tell you, seeing how smart those creatures are, it just made sea lions even more likeable. They can do plenty of tricks, and boy, the audeince was really impressed and enjoyed the whole show.

FINGERS LICKING GOOD

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SHOWING MY SEXY BACK

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and this is the stunning trick, jumping out of the water to reach up for the yellow balloon thingy hanging on the rod. I was lucky to capture this shot in action, the sea lion was super fast ok !!

SEA LION DOING A SMASHPOP JUMP !!

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If only smashpop could do it on the water... hah !!!


Somehow, I felt very, very satisfied about the entire trip. Partly because I have been wanting to go to AQWA for a long time, and I finally made it there. The Hillarys Boat Harbour alone is amazing enough, and a worthy tourist attraction by itself.

I have these wonderful friends to thank for.

ROBIN, KHEE HWA, JAY

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And of course, I never leave without "looking to the sky", which shall become my signature pose from now on.

ROBIN LOOKING TO HILLARYS BOAT HARBOUR'S SKY

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Coming up next...

SORRENTO QUAY

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Stay tuned folks !! Have a nice weekend.

20 comments:

  1. If you have a chance, make a visit to Sydney Aquarium! Much nicer.

    I was a bit disappointed when I visited AQWA last year...

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  2. hey angelus,
    I have not even been to sydney yet. Dun think I will be going there anytime soon. But if I do head there I shall check out the aquarium. Thanks for the heads up.

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  3. hey angelus,
    I have not even been to sydney yet. Dun think I will be going there anytime soon. But if I do head there I shall check out the aquarium. Thanks for the heads up.

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  4. wah so syok leh.. i haven't even been to KLCC's aquarium yet... sigh

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  5. hey chun chow,
    oh ya, KLCC now also got aquarium... but weird leh, the AQWA is near the ocean, so the salt water can flow in and they can maintain the underwater life there. In KLCC how leh?

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  6. Hey, I just visited AQWA recently and had lots of fun! I loved the sea lions too, super cute. (^__^)

    Hope you're having a deserving great weekend. Mine has been great so far.

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  7. hey di,
    yeah !! I saw your entry on that visit to AQWA too.. ahahahaha...
    Nice to hear that you have been enjoying ur weekend. Mine has been a BLAST !!! I think I will rest for the whole sunday !!

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  8. hey robin seems like u lost a bit of weight! are u eating alright there?

    -Marcus

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  9. hey marcus,
    u kidding me?? My tummy is still round !! ahahahhaaa...

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  10. when i first saw your title, the term "ah gua" popped into my head. (=.=)"

    the places looks interesting. it's a good thing you got yourself a discount. :D i'll prolly do that too if i'm in your shoes. AUD$25 is...RM50!!! *peng~*

    btw, i got news that an aquarium like that is opening in sabah soon...next year if i'm not mistaken. hopefully i'll get to do my industrial training there. i don't wanna get stuck on an island for 2 months in s'wak... :(

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  11. hey silveraven,
    Whoah, is that true? the more reason for me to plan a short trip to sabah in the next year or so !! ahahhaa, ive never been to sabah myself.
    and.. AUD25 is actually RM75 now. Painful I tell you... but even if I cant get a discount I would still go, its worth the experience.

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  12. wahhh...the sharks......got so many 'fin'...looks yummilicious to me...wahahaha

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  13. Silveraven,
    Seriously? A huge aquarium in the state of Sabah? Well, it's always possible to do that cos Sabah has the beauty.

    Robin,
    Same as you, I have not set foot to Sabah. All I ever heard about Sabah is from my sister. Lol.

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  14. hey mark,
    HOW COULD YOU !!! ahahahhaha.... i havent had shark fin soup for ages man...

    hey daniel,
    would have been awesome of they build something like that in Sabah !! Im sure they have awesome collection of marine life there also.

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  15. sea anemones stink. we had one in lab the other day... and had to draw it in our report... every stinking strand of it. =X

    heehee, challenge The Smashpop!

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  16. hey wuching,
    im sure wuching is more delicious.

    hey chloe,
    apa itu sea anemones???
    molah, smashpop is "unchallengeable". LOL.....

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  17. "nemo"s and sea anemones come in the same sentence! =D are u really still using that same camera? coz the pics are gorgeous! i cant believe my 7mp cam produces grainier pics... =(

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  18. the seal is like an underwater dog. c'mon who doesn't want one. i bet it smells like a dog too somehow =P

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  19. hey chloe,
    Oh silly me !! Nemo.. ahahahha...
    anyway, you have very sharp eyes Chloe. You can tell the difference, thats quick of you.
    I have bought a new camera, muahahahahahahaha...
    now I syok sendiri with the new camera... kekekekke

    hey samantha,
    actually, they do not smell that bad since they are always with the water. however, they have very bad breath !! ahahaha

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