The Aquarium in Gijon
My first full day in Gijon and I decided to head to the aquarium. It was a nice little aquarium in the format you see a lot of them in these days. It started with a river system and then wound around to the sea. There were sets of small tanks representing various different oceans and a main larger tank with various fish, rays, turtles and sharks.
I visited when I did because it allowed me to watch the feeding in the main tank. I was curious how they fed the sharks. There were several smaller sharks under 5 feet including a small white-tipped reef shark. However there was one large, 6 foot and very bulky shark in the tank.
Two divers came into the tank with buckets and were hand feeding the larger fish, rays, turtles and smaller sharks. For some of the sharks the divers used poles.
After a bit I realized I hadn’t seen the big boy in a while. I eventually went round to all of the viewing ports and he was nowhere to be found. Apparently, they must have a way of segregating him during feeding time. Must be too dangerous for the divers with both him and food in the water. Now the interpretive aquarium person may have explained this but my Spanish is not nearly good enough to have kept up with her presentation. All in all it was a nice way to spend a chunk of my day. Below are my photos including eels, seahorses, jellyfish, crabs and more, enjoy. – Rev Kane