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!

A sea otter, dolphins and sea lions

We spent Halloween at the Vancouver Aquarium where we saw some amazing animals:
Elfin, the sea otter was having a nap; Helen and Hana, the Pacific white-sided dolphins were showing some of their behaviours, and the Steller sea lions were quite vocal.

Qila, Hana and Helen

Today we spent some time observing the belugas and dolphins before heading off towards the porpoises…

Hana and Helen, Aurora and Qila

It was Super Saturday today, and as members of the Vancouver Aquarium we made sure to be there very early. Believe it or not, we were indeed the very first ones to enter the building at 8:30 am. Luckily for us, the Aquarium stayed open an hour longer than usual during winter hours so that we could spend a whole nine and a half hours at this fascinating place.

As we were among the first visitors to have a look at Hana and Helen, they were curious and looked up to us.

An even more amazing experience awaited us while watching Aurora and Qila in their habitat. After a while Qila started blowing some bubbles and then swam right through them! How stunning is that!

(to be continued…)

Pacific white-sided dolphins, beluga whales and harbour porpoises

Together with my in-laws, Marcus and I arrived at the Vancouver Aquarium in time to watch the last dolphin show of the day – and the show was great! Helen and Hana seemed to be in a good mood and performed a lot of jumps.
After the show we stayed a little bit longer at the dolphin habitat to observe both Hana and Helen swimming leisurely in the smaller pool, having a good time.

After that we just made it to the beluga show to see the mother-daughter pair Aurora and Qila who also seemed to have fun interacting with their trainers.

Finally, we made our way to Jack and Daisy, our favourite harbour porpoises – and we were lucky as not only Jack came to the underwater viewing area to say hi but Daisy frequently came down, too! So we spend the remaining minutes with them and had lots of fun!

Fully energized, Marcus and I then attended our second special volunteer training which was really good and inspiring indeed!

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!

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!


Destination N°1 – the Vancouver Aquarium

At lunchtime we arrived at the Vancouver Aquarium and immediately saw a huge birthday cake (or better said, the rest of it) in Elfin’s habitat to celebrate Stanley Park’s 125th birthday. Elfin had already eaten the most delicious treats and was now having an after-lunch swim.

Meanwhile, Helen and Hana were playing with a ball, and shortly before their show started, Helen brought the ball to her trainer Paula.

We then watched Aurora and Qila swimming by at the underwater viewing windows before heading up the stairs for the penguin walk in which Hope and Salt Spring were the stars.

Back at Elfin’s habitat we saw Margo, one of the volunteers, and had a nice chat in which she also explained a lot about sea otters. And as to prove his existence, Elfin was crushing parts of his ice cake against a wall in order to get to the good stuff inside which he was munching away happily. He also gave us a glance from time to time.

Of course, we could not forget Jack, and so we went to see him next. He was really happy to see us, and we had a great time together.

Some time later we went to see Hana and Helen again who were in a really good mood, and then we went to the beluga habitat once more to watch another penguin walk. Luckily for us, Hope, our favourite penguin, was in it again. It is always so much fun watching her waddle along, while she is looking around and taking in her new surroundings. She seems to be really curious and never runs straight into her carrier.

After that we spend some more time with Jack (Daisy, unfortunately, stayed in her corner) who was enjoying the attention a lot. But then it was time to say goodbye as we wanted to attend another event.

On our way to the parking lot in Stanley Park we saw a raccoon family sitting on a garbage bin, probably looking for some leftovers.

(to be continued…)