Part of our teambuilding in Manila is a side trip to the oceanarium, Manila Ocean Park. When I visited the place, not everything is already functioning. There a lot of room for improvements but the main attraction has been opened to the public already. It is like entering a new world most especially when you go inside the underwater tunnel.
One can just be amazed by all the fishes you can see in this place. The journey begins when you go inside a forest-like haven. It is like a jungle full of marine species. From sharks to alligators to different fishes. Then after passing this place called Agos, you will be transported to 46 individual tanks that each contain a coral reef and different kinds of small fishes. After that comes 4 large tanks which contains large fishesand some of which you can eat. After the large tanks come the tunnel, wow, that is all I can say as I am lost of words in describing this place. It just made me feel like a mermaid.
After the tunnel you will see the sharks and the sting rays, large and powerful and beautiful. At the end of the journey, you will pass by an art exhibit that depicts the importance of the marine life, this exhibit also aimed to educate people regarding the effects of garbage in our waters. Did you know that it will take around 700 hundred years to dissolve a plastic bottle alone? How much more those other kinds of garbage we throw?
A side note as well, be very careful, please, please do not use flash with your camera's when taking fish pictures as this can make the animals go blind and eventually die. I m rather glad that the people taking care of this oceanarium is strictly imposing this but there are still those who does not want to heed this message. Nevertheless though, they do try to inform people about this, not like in the Atoll Reef in Hongkong where no one would bother to call your attention whenever you use flash.