A training session with Hana and Helen

While vising the Vancouver Aquarium, we watched a very interesting training session with Hana and Helen – but for us everything at the Aquarium is fascinating…

 

Up Close with Qila

Due to our workload we could not go to Super Saturday at the Vancouver Aquarium yesterday, but today we found a couple of minutes in the afternoon to spend some time there.

Unfortunately, we missed half of Up Close with Dolphins, but were in time for Up Close with Belugas. Luckily for me, I was selected as a random visitor to participate in this show – and got splashed by Qila, one of the lovely belugas. This was such an amazing experience, especially as I could see Qila diving down to the bottom, coming up to the surface, looking at me all the time, and aiming her splash that would hit me – twice! It may sound weird, but I absolutely loved it!

After that up close encounter with Qila, Marcus and I enjoyed watching both belugas showing some of their fantastic behaviours.

In case you were worried, we also spent some time with Jack and Daisy – of course!

(to be continued…)

A sunny winter afternoon at the Vancouver Aquarium

On such a beautiful sunny winter day we just had to spend some time outside, and what better place to do so than at the Vancouver Aquarium.

We arrived on time to get a good spot for the 2 o’clock dolphin show which was fantastic! Both Hana and Helen showed behaviours we had not seen before.

After that we had a late lunch, strolled through the galleries, and very much enjoyed the seal and sea lion show, featuring Izzy and Willo, the Steller sea lions, and Hermes and DaVinci, the harbour seals.

As there was another dolphin show scheduled at 3, we simply had to stay in the area and watch that one, too. Although we had seen a show about 90 minutes ago, Hana and Helen presented even more different behaviours, which was so exciting that I almost forgot to take some pictures.

Although the sun was shining, it was pretty cold, and so we headed inside the main building to have a look at the axolotls which I like a lot. Today the darker one was hiding, but came out later and swam by.

And finally – yes, we were not at Jack and Daisy’s before -, we paid the harbour porpoises a visit. Jack and Daisy swam by several times, and Daisy was really curious and tried to get a good look at Marcus’s phone.

On our way out we saw Katmai and Tanu getting ready for their night’s sleep.

All in all, we had a fantastic afternoon at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Helen, Hana and Daisy

Marcus and I arrived in time for the last dolphin show of the day at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Although we have already seen the show countless times, it is always fascinating to watch Hana and Helen in action.

From there we went to see Jack and Daisy and spent the remaining hour with them.
Jack swam by to say hello but stayed in his corner most of the time, whereas Daisy seemed to be interested in all her visitors, and so  she came down to the underwater viewing windows a lot of times.

Such an amazing variety of animals

Today we watched the harbour seals and Pacific white-sided dolphins in action before exploring the galleries and having a closer look at some of the smaller animals at the Vancouver Aquarium.

There is always so much to see!

Sunday afternoon at the Vancouver Aquarium

Today we spent some hours at the Vancouver Aquarium where we saw Hana and Helen performing in their show before heading down to say hi to Jack and Daisy who both came to the underwater viewing windows.

After a while we saw Janel, who wanted to say hi to Jack and Daisy, too, and so we let her have some fun with both harbour porpoises while exploring the galleries in the main building. On our way there, we saw both Tanu and Elfin having a nap in their habitats.

We went to see Schoona but she didn’t seem to be in her habitat; maybe it was feeding time for her.

Anyway, we saw the tasselled wobbegong with its incredible pattern that can even be seen at the underside of its tail. The name carpet shark is so appropriate!

We also caught sight of a seahorse living next door before heading to see some axolotls which I absolutely adore – and we were lucky to see them in the open.

After that we originally wanted to see the penguin walk together with Janel, but somehow there wasn’t any. So Janel went down to Jack again, and we stayed to watch the final beluga show of the day which was great as usual.

Afterwards we, too, went down to Jack and Daisy. When Jack came to the underwater viewing window and saw all three of us standing there together, he was so excited and interacted with all of us! A short time later Daisy appeared, too, to check out cameras and Janel’s phone.

We all had definitely lots of fun today!

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!

 

A great place to be

This was our first visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, well, this month…

We were just in time for the beluga show, and as it was quite crowded (it was a Sunday after all), we could hardly see Qila in action, but had a fantastic view of Aurora.

After that we went to say hi to Jack and spend some time with him. I usually go to him first whereas Marcus stands in the background, taking some pictures before Jack spots him – and than it’s my turn to take pictures… And this time it wasn’t any different.

Some time later, we went to see a dolphin show. While waiting at their habitat, we had a quick look at the sea lions next door, happily snoozing.
After a great dolphin show, the sea lion ladies were still happily dozing, except for a short roar by one of them.

Then it was nearly time to leave (time always flies at the Vancouver Aquarium). So we went to see the harbour porpoises a final time to say goodbye to them, and even Daisy came to the underwater viewing area to bid us farewell. So cute!

Just saying hi to Hana, Helen and Jack

Unfortunately, we only got an hour to spend at the Vancouver Aquarium – just in time to say hi to Hana and Helen and to watch their last show of the day.

After that we headed down to say a quick hi to Jack who was especially happy to see Marcus. Time went by so fast that some minutes later, we had to say goodbye to Jack.
But we had a final look at him from the surface – and I couldn’t believe my eyes as Jack was looking up to us, too! That definitely made my day!