Super Saturday

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…

Hana and Helen, Tanu and Katmai, Jack and Daisy

Today we managed to be on time to watch the last dolphin show of the day at the Vancouver Aquarium. We also observed Tanu and Katmai through the glass window, and spend some time with Jack and Daisy.

Sea lions and dolphins

Today at the Vancouver Aquarium we saw Steller sea lions and Pacific white-sided dolphins leisurely swimming in their respective habitats. They all looked so relaxed…

(to be continued…)

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!