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....
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
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.
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.
DON'T THEY LOOK HUNGRY??
THEY COME IN PACKS
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.
WE FOUND NEMO..
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.
IF YOU DO NOT STOP CRYING ALL NIGHT I WILL CHUCK YOU INTO ITS MOUTH !!!
HOW DOES IT FEEL LIKE INSIDE A CROC'S MOUTH??
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
THAT LOOKS YUMMY !!
GARRRHHHH I CANT BITE IT !!
MOMMY, CAN I HAVE ONE?? PLEEEAAAASSEEE???
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
SHOWING MY SEXY BACK
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 !!
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
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
Coming up next...
Stay tuned folks !! Have a nice weekend.