Penguins, sea lions, porpoises – and an axolotl

After our cultural tour through some of Vancouver’s museums, we still had some time in the afternoon to visit – well, you will most likely have guessed correctly – the Vancouver Aquarium.

First of all, we went to see the axolotl who was not into hiding too much today. Isn’t he a cute little animal?!
We also had a look at the Steller sea lions – or did they observe us?! – and the seven African penguins before heading towards the harbour porpoise habitat.
Jack came down to the underwater viewing area first, and a bit later Daisy joined him, too.

What a great experience to end this amazing day!

Penguins, sea lions, porpoises

After having seen harbour porpoises in the wild, we went to the Vancouver Aquarium to see Jack and Daisy, the two harbour porpoises there, up close – and they came really close to the underwater viewing windows!

We also visited the African penguins who were all on one side of the habitat – and the Steller sea lions who were already getting ready for the night.

Vancouver Aquarium – here we come – again…

Being members at the Vancouver Aquarium is so worth it as we can spend as many times at the Vancouver Aquarium as we want during the year. Especially when we have an enormous amount of workload and hardly come out of the house, having some well-earned off-time at a place we love is simply wonderful.

So today we made our little round to first of all see the sea otters – and Katmai looked back at us!

Afterwards we watched Spotlight on Penguins where all African penguins stood well-lined up on one side of the habitat so that I could actually tell who was who. Steveston seemed to hang on interpretive specialist Vivan’s every word, always looking into her direction.
After that we could even watch marine mammal trainer Nicky feed those lovely penguins.

On we went to have a look at the beautiful belugas – and Aurora was looking at us several times. She even vocalized! That was so amazing.

We then followed the noise the Steller sea lions were making and found two of them sitting on their dock, being quite vocal, while one of the harbour seals swam by.

And finally we made our way to Jack and Daisy, our favourite harbour porpoises…

(to be continued…)

Two pretty girls

Today we needed some relaxation time, and so we went to…

the Vancouver Aquarium, of course (!), where we spent some time looking at the African penguins and having lots of fun with the harbour porpoises. Daisy especially came to the underwater viewing area a lot.

Full of energy we went home to get back to work.

Great photo opportunities

When we went to Penguin Point, we saw Sechelt and Nelson inspecting one of the autumn leaves. Later on all seven African penguins stood closely together for the perfect photo opportunity. A great bunch, eh?

Once inside the building, we saw the zebra shark lying on the ground for the first time. She is usually swimming around quite fast, so I took this chance to get a closer picture of her.

The garden eels were rather cooperative today, too, as they hardly ever stay still.

And we were lucky to see so many seahorses in action. Some of them came so close to the window that we managed to get some decent shots of them.

Even the dwarf cuttlefish were clearly visible today. Those masters of disguise are usually hard to detect, but it must have been our lucky day to spot those cute ones today.

(to be continued…)

African penguins and harbour porpoises

As this was only a short visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, we were happy to have arrived just in time to watch the last penguin walk of the day. This time it was Lilloeet and Nelson’s turn to waddle along the beluga habitat — and look, it seems as if they were walking hand in hand, erm flipper in flipper…

Then we went to see the harbour porpoises. Jack was busy biting into the hydrophone, and Daisy was in her favourite corner doing what she is usually doing: floating up to get some air and then down again. But after a while both came to the underwater viewing windows, checking out the visitors and their cameras (Daisy).

Once again, we had a great time at the Aquarium, and we will be back for a very short visit before our first gallery educator training session in two days – just to get into the mood…

Off-time at the Vancouver Aquarium

Marcus and I took some time off to show my in-laws the place we love to go to and they have heard a lot about – the Vancouver Aquarium.

As there is so much to see, we had a look at the sea otters (my mother-in-law favourites) first. Elfin seemed to be happily snoozing with one of his toys on his belly, whereas the ladies were busy playing in the water.

We then went to Penguin Point to observe all seven African penguins who were standing on their rocks and preening themselves. Just a few minutes later we had the chance to watch one of the penguin walks near the beluga habitat in which only Lillooet came out of her penguin carrier whereas Nelson preferred to stay inside hers. On her walk, Lillooet seemed to be very curious, both looking into the beluga habitat and towards her audience.

Having found a great spot, we stayed on to watch a beluga show in which Qila and Aurora showed a lot of their behaviours.

Finally, we went to the underwater viewing gallery to spend some time with our favourite harbour porpoises – and both Jack and Daisy came by to say hi. Especially Jack seemed to be happy to see us.

Sadly, our time at the Aquarium was over much too quickly, and after a quick bye to Elfin who was having dinner we went back home to continue working…

After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium

We were the very first people in line (were you surprised?) waiting to get into the Vancouver Aquarium for After Hours, an adult-only evening, that promised to be full of fun, entertainment and even education, especially when you consider its motto ‘The Secret Sex Lives of Animals’.

So what did we do in the four hours?
We saw a penguin walk featuring Nelson and Sechelt; and this time both penguins were running along the beluga habitat really fast. That was amazing to watch!

Besides that, we also watched both beluga shows in which Qila and Aurora had probably as much fun as their audience.

We also went to see Hana and Helen from above their habitat as well as from the underwater viewing area where both of them checked a stuffed animal out.

In contrast to the active dolphins, the Steller sea lion and all three harbour seals seemed to be really sleepy and hardly looking at their visitors, except for raising their heads a bit from time to time.

Of course, we spent most of the time with Jack and Daisy – we had promised them to be back, after all, and we had so much fun with them.
Jack was happy to be part of the evening’s theme as he happily showed everything he had – if you know what I mean; and he made lots of people watch at him more closely…

Anyway, the four hours were over much too soon – and we cannot wait to be back for the next After Hours event!

Penguin walk and dolphin show

Marcus and I had interviews for autumn volunteer positions at the Vancouver Aquarium today, and after that we still had some time left to actually go into the Aquarium. As you would probably have guessed, once there anyway, we just couldn’t return home but had to have to say hi to some of the animals living there.

Today we went to Penguin Point where nearly all African penguins showed us their backs. Not very welcoming, eh? But after a while they all turned around and were looking at their visitors.
During one of the penguin walks later on, we saw Sechelt and Salt Spring even closer than before. While Sechelt was looking around, Salt Spring had a very brisk walk from one end of the beluga habitat to the other and sprinted directly into the carrier waiting at the end of her walk.

Later on we watched Hana and Helen perform during the very last dolphin show of the day. Both were in a very good mood, leaping out of the water even before their show started. And during their show, they did show some great jumps!

There was another species that we could not forget visiting, of course – the harbour porpoises…

(to be continued…)

A great late afternoon at the Vancouver Aquarium

When we arrived at the Vancouver Aquarium, it was already time for Hana and Helen’s last show of the day; so we definitely had to find a nice spot to watch both of them in action – and it is always worth it!

The penguin walk was next, in which Hope and Sechelt were indeed walking along the beluga habitat. It is always to cute to watch them waddle along.

After that we only had one last hour left to spend with Jack and Daisy. However, only Jack came down to say hi to both of us. Just as we were about to leave (well, we had to – the Aquarium was closing), Daisy came down to the underwater viewing area, too, and said goodbye as well.

What a great afternoon!