When we arrive at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium in Pingtong, it's already the evening. We are blessed with the intoxicating sunset.
Between the two major buildings is a sculpture of the Giant Squid. After the sun sets, a whole sky of twinkling stars welcome us into the night, together with the cool breeze.
We get up at 5:30 am for a walk along the sea. The morning air is filled with the smell of the salted sea and grass.
After the sun rises, we go to the intertidal coast on an adventure. I can hardly imagine stepping on the dead corals from 300,000 years ago.
So where do we spend the night and what happens then? This is the giant kelp in the waters-of-the-world building. In the photo it looks no different from an ordinary aquarium.
In fact, it's a gigantic aquarium that is 10 x 10 meters huge.
Before going to bed, I can't take my eyes off the surrealistic view. It's so lulling to gaze at the brown kelp waving in the water and carefree fish.
Even the stingray comes to say goodnight!
This not only looks like a dream. It feels like a dream too!
There are six sleep areas for visitors to choose from. The underwater tunnel is said to be extremely popular.
However, wherever you choose to spend the night, the lights are all turned off during sleep time.
Some people opt for the polar zone, but the room temperature is quite chilling. These puffins can be your companions. From April to August, their appearance will change from completely black to the colorful looks in the photo during the breeding season. The holes on the rocky walls are where they hatch the eggs.
These are the super lovely coral reefs and super lovely fish!
The sunken ship is also one of my favorites.
The lacy-looking lionfish delivers a potent venom via its needle-like dorsal fins if attacked.
We also visit the backstage. The waters simulate the three layers of the sea from the top to the deep part. The lights are used to simulate the sunlight.
We also feed the fish with krill, which are used specifically as fish feeds.
We also feed jellyfish with tiny shrimps in test tubes.
The staff feeds fish with cabbages.
But we are most looking forward to the feeding time.
What a gorgeous appearance!
The staff dislikes to feed stingrays the most. With their eyes on the top and the mouth at the bottom, they have a hard time aiming at the feeds. Thus, the poor staff is often bitten, which hurts much. That's why putting on two pairs of gloves is necessary, the inner pair formed by wires and the outer pair made of cotton.
The host says he has a very romantic idea of the fish-feeding job. Doesn't it look like waltzing in the sea? However, the staff asks him to imagine turning around in the washing machine naked. He's always surrounded by a huge school of greedy golden kingfish which cause the water to swirl. See, he can't help but spin with them. In the end, he's totally surrounded by them.
I've been to the aquarium several times, but I always spent no more than an afternoon there. Thanks to Shaggy, I am glad to have signed up for the camp. I'd say this is a very healing experience to spend a night in the aquarium. Now I am completely in love with the sea and creatures living in it!