Yesterday evening our boys arrived safely – and so today our first Vancouver attraction we visited was (of course!) the Vancouver Aquarium.
While exploring the Aquarium, we saw a lot of different animals, among them the Pacific white-sided dolphins, two-toed sloths, the plumed basilisk (yes, we found it!), the toucanets, and the giant Pacific octopus.
Living in Metro Vancouver means having more rain than in a lot of other places – but still, I rather have rain than snow.
Anyway, on this lovely rainy day, we headed towards the Vancouver Aquarium for our weekly dose of animals. However, unlike the two seagulls, we were not really tempted to stand outside in the rain and therefore made our way to the underwater viewing area to watch the two dolphins from there.
On our way up from there, we passed the newts which were very busy…
We also said hi to the arapaima in the Tropical Zone – and went on to have a look at the strawberry anemone and those cute little Pacific spiny lumpsuckers. Aren’t they adorable?
To avoid rush hour traffic and be on time for After Hours we went to the Vancouver Aquarium in the afternoon and watched Up Close with Dolphins where Helen showed her visitors a new behaviour – a flip – several times. That was really impressive!
We actually intended to enjoy the sun a bit, to go on a short geocaching tour in Stanley Park, and to visit the Vancouver Aquarium today.
So we set off in the sun in Burnaby, but when we went into Vancouver, there was fog pretty everywhere! The sun did not have any chance to come through that…
Well, that meant we still had our geocaching fun – in the fog! – and we found all three caches that we were looking for. Yay!
Once inside the Aquarium, we watched the Steller sea lions swimming in their habitat, roaring, and even coming out of the water.
We also watched the Pacific white-sided dolphins Hana and Helen in action, and spent some time in front of both sea otter habitats. Katmai was very active so that I could not get any decent picture of her, but Walter was enjoying a little nap.
Besides those animals, we went to see the harbour porpoises, too, which may come as a surprise to you… or not?!
Well, we were still in Stanley Park after our mini-geocaching tour, so going home simply was no option – and we had to go to the Vancouver Aquarium…
Unfortunately, we were already too late to watch the seal and sea lion show, but we took some snapshots of Izzy and Ashby, two Steller sea lions, and either Hermes or Davinci, a harbour seal, before watching the dolphin show. Both Hana and Helen seemed to be in a good mood and performed a lot of jumps, too. After that we watched another great show, featuring Aurora and Qila, the beluga whales.
And finally we said hi to Jack and Daisy, and spent the remaining time with them, but we did not take any special pictures today…
We definitely had a fantastic – partially sunny – afternoon! Fully energized, we headed back to work again…
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.
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.
Super Saturdays at the Vancouver Aquarium mean getting up early for us – well, we do not have to but we absolutely want to be there when the gates open at 8:30 am. The Aquarium then is still fairly quiet, and we can enjoy some time with Jack and Daisy before any other visitor arrives at this part of the Aquarium.
By the way, we were the very first visitors to get into the Aquarium today – does this surprise you? – and we were on our way to the harbour porpoises when we, as usual, stopped at Elfin’s habitat first to say hi to him. Elfin looked at us and even came out of the water for a short moment.
On we went to Jack and Daisy who both came down to the underwater viewing area. Especially Daisy spent a lot of time at the windows, looking at and into our cameras so that we could get some great pictures of this pretty lady.
Jack and Daisy were also interacting a lot with each other, which was really good to see.
Then it was time to leave as we wanted to watch some programs which – we have to confess – we had never seen before, as for instance Eel-lectric Lights and Scuba Claus. And both were super exciting – so definitely worth this visit!
We also paid Schoona a visit – isn’t she beautiful? -, saw pretty amazing seahorses, Banggai cardinalfish and the ever amazing garden eels.
Outside we watched several dolphin shows, featuring Hana and Helen.
Back at Jack and Daisy’s, where we spent the remaining time before the Aquarium closed, I also showed Daisy my newly purchased harp seal plushie which she really looked at several times.
Anyway, just as a side note, not only were we the first visitors in the Aquarium, we also were the very last to leave…