Photo of the Week | 03.08.09 | Aquarium - Sean Gallagher - Photographer & Filmmaker | Beijing, China

Photo of the Week | 03.08.09 | Aquarium

Posted by on Aug 3, 2009 in Editorial Photography | 2 Comments
A turtle in Beijing Aquarium, the world' largest inland aquarium. 2009

A turtle in Beijing Aquarium, the world' largest inland aquarium. 2009

This week’s ‘Photo of the Week’ is a choice in response to a video I saw last week online which I quite enjoyed. The video was of an aquarium in Okinawa, Japan filmed for nearly 5 minutes accompanied by a music track. Whilst a relatively simple concept, the video reminded me of a recent trip I made to Beijing’s own aquarium and the hours that I whiled away just watching and gazing at the animals inside of the tanks. A child-like wonder seems to take over me in aquariums and it is all too easy for an afternoon to disappear.

Having studied Zoology at university, I am no stranger to watching animals for prolonged periods of time but there is something quite special about aquariums. I’m not a particularly big fan of zoos but I do like their watery counterparts, as long as there is plenty of room for the aquatic residents.

So, this is quite a sedate and relaxing photo for the beginning of the week. It does not require much explanation. Just sit back and enjoy.

To see the video described above, please click here.


  1. Jenny Lynn Walker
    August 3, 2009

    There’s one bigger aquarium that I’ve heard of than that one there in Beijing. It surrounds 7 continents and last time I looked, there was plethora of different aquatic species in it and they were living in their millions. I’m told the numbers are decreasing – especially in areas of the ocean that are ‘dying’. I’ve heard they can be seen from space nowadays. Perhaps Chinese astronauts have seen them?

  2. Winstan Ellson
    August 5, 2009

    The electric blue water really brings the turtle to life. Mesmerising


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