to continue with my post last April 1 on "agos" and "bahura", this time let's visit the bigger part which is "laot" or "fishing ground". here you see bigger aquariums on every side. bigger aquariums means bigger fishes or more fishes. among the biggest fish here is the Lapu-Lapu or "the grouper" which weighs 660pounds. that's like 5times heavier than one donG.replicas of sunken ships and submarine-like structures creates a surreal view of the environment. "laot" has big aquariums on every side with a big screen in the middle that showcases the different sea creatures. on one of laot's side is the entrance to the tunnel that allows you to see the sea creatures on both sides. you'll be fascinated with the big sting rays that passes over the tunnel once in a while. you will really appreciate its grace of flipping its wing-like body. this area is called "buhay na karagatan" or "the living ocean". i suggest that you take some time to look for the fishes that you saw in "bahura" in this huge aquarium filled with different species. the tunnel's end leads you to "kalaliman" or "deep" which showcases the deep sea creatures. above this area is an overhang tank filled with stingrays of different sizes. one big aquarium filled with sharks can be viewed on one side. tiger shark and starfish lives along with a group of sharks. on the second floor before you exit, is an activity area where you get to see the sharks as close as to touching them. a fish spa and a restaurant can is also available on this area. the park as a whole is one amazing experience that one cannot see from just one dive on the sea. although the sea offers a more thrilling experience of these creatures in its own environment, having an ocean park like this helps people to be more aware of how beautiful our oceans are that we need to protect it.
a view from the activity area on top of the park building is the Manila bay.
the Manila Ocean Park is not yet fully operational as of this time. Part of it is still underconstruction. a mall and a hotel will soon rise beside the park itself. the park is located at the back of the Quirino grandstand in Manila. for people who enjoy walking, it's just a walk away from the Manila hotel and the Rizal monument in Luneta.