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…

 

Training session with Jack

Today we were lucky to see one of the training sessions with the harbour porpoises.
Jack especially was quite active in this particular training session. He did not only get fish as a reward, but he seemed to immensely enjoy his tongue rubs he got from his trainer Paula.
Isn’t he a cutie?

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!

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!

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…)

Another short visit at the Vancouver Aquarium

If we can only spend an hour or two at the Vancouver Aquarium, this classifies as a short visit, and that we had today.

First of all we saw Elfin holding tight to his enrichment toy that was tied to the door, probably imitating kelp.
We then watched Hana and Helen in action before heading over to the beluga habitat to watch one of the penguins walks. This time it was Hope and Sechelt’s turn to waddle along. As Hope is our favourite African penguin, this was especially interesting to watch.

Then – finally – it was time to say hi to Jack and Daisy who both came to the underwater viewing area and were happy to see us. These two are such amazing animals!

Before heading home we observed Hana and Helen for a while, and said goodbye to Elfin who still held the same toy in his paws. Such a cutie!

Our wedding anniversary with special guests Jack and Daisy

As last year, the weather was great, and we spent our wedding anniversary at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Naturally, our first steps led us to Jack and Daisy; and Jack was happy to see us – and so were we. Anyway, we had a fantastic time with him.

On we went to see Hana and Helen who were in the smaller pool of their habitat, swimming very leisurely and enjoying the sunshine. But when it was show time, they became very active and did a great job!

Back at Jack and Daisy’s habitat, Jack came to the underwater viewing area and showed me a leaf (a present?) several times. That was so cute although we had to spoil his fun (he doesn’t know) as we had to alert the trainers to remove the leaf out of the habitat.

We also went to see the harbour seals and Steller sea lions who were on land, having a nap, except for one of the girls who was looking around and scratching her face with one of her flippers. Cute, eh?

Then it was nearly time to leave the Aquarium, and so went made our way back to the B.C. Sugar Pool to say goodbye to Jack who, once again, brought us a leaf. Isn’t he adorable?
Even Daisy left her corner to say hi to us, but unfortunately, as the Aquarium was about to be closing, we had to say bye to Daisy and her younger fellow inhabitant.
Time flew by so quickly…

After leaving the Vancouver Aquarium, we didn’t head home but went to another place important to us on this special day…

(to be continued…)

We’ve done it again…

Well, yes, we once again spent some hours at the Vancouver Aquarium…

On our way to Jack and Daisy (yes, that is were we always end up first) we said hi to Elfin who was busy grooming himself.
At Jack and Daisy’s habitat we saw Margo, one of the volunteers at the Aquarium, and had a nice chat with her. Okay, Marcus was the one having a longer conversation; it was just a quick chat for me as Jack had spotted me right away, and I couldn’t disappoint a little harbour porpoise, could I?

After a while it was time to see Hana and Helen in action, and we made our way to their habitat. Both dolphins were in a good mood today and performed some great jumps.
After their show, we watched a Steller sea lion enjoying her snack that was frozen inside some ice. She definitely had fun crunching on it!

We also had a look at my little favourites, the axolotls, but only the white one was in sight.
Anyway, after that we watched one of the penguin walks, this time starring Hope (our favourite penguin) and Salt Spring who came out of the carrier, looked around and walked along the beluga habitat. Their waddle is so cute.

Then it was Jack and Daisy time again. Jack was happy to see Marcus who he hadn’t seen before. And luckily for us, Daisy didn’t stay in her corner for too long and came down to the underwater viewing area to check out our cameras.

Hana and Helen’s last show was next, and we couldn’t miss that, could we?
After that there were some more minutes remaining for Jack and Daisy – and both were happy to see us again. So were we!

All in all, we enjoyed another fantastic and relaxing day at the Vancouver Aquarium before heading home again to get back to work.

An interesting day at the Vancouver Aquarium

We were one of the first visitors to get into the Vancouver Aquarium – and that was what we intended as we wanted to visit the wet lab first. After having washed our hands, we had a look at all the different local species there, including various sea anemones, sea stars, sea cucumbers and sea urchins. Marcus and Tom even got the chance to have a sea urchin each on their hands which moved forward there. Great, eh? However, as time was limited to a ten minute slot only, we didn’t get the chance to see all the other animals. That means that we simply have to be back next Monday!

When we headed outside the main building, we saw Elfin enjoying his lunch. So we didn’t stop, but went to watch one of the belugas’ training sessions which we enjoyed a lot, especially when Aurora demonstrated how she could spit water out of her mouth.
After that we saw another training session, and this time the most fascinating activity was watching Hana jumping out of the water to reach the end of a pole.

On we went to Jack and Daisy’s habitat where we could observe a training session with them as well. Especially Jack interacted a lot with his trainer Indy.

Our boys wanted to go back into the main building to watch Hana and Helen from underwater – and so we went. Both dolphins came down to say hi to us. Just look, aren’t they absolutely adorable? From there, we also watched one of their shows which was quite an unusual perspective, but great, too.

Before going back to Jack and Daisy, we tried to capture some more shots of various jellyfish to enter the jellyfish photo competition. And then we spent some time with Jack who came down to welcome us there.

But then it was time to watch one of the seal and Steller sea lion shows, and one of the sea lion girls was already poking her head out of the water, waiting for her show to start – which was really good.

As I absolutely love those axolotls, I persuaded the boys to come and see them as well as the frogs. Besides my favourite axolotls, I especially liked this grim-looking waxy monkey leaf frog. Cute, eh?

On our way to the B.C. Sugar Pool, we saw Elfin, holding a yellow ball in his paws, and that was so cute to watch.

Anyway, when we were at Jack and Daisy’s underwater viewing area, Jack came down once more and said hi to Ben and Tom who both had lots of fun with him.
Soon it was time to leave. So we waved goodbye to Katmai and Elfin, and went home.

This was such an amazing day!

Hello Elfin, Jack, Qila, Hana and Helen

Originally, we only intended to go grocery shopping, but our boys meant why not enjoy an hour at the Vancouver Aquarium. So we headed to Vancouver to do exactly that.

On our way to the underwater viewing areas of the harbour porpoises and beluga whales, we saw Elfin cuddling a tube-like toy. Cute, eh?

While Tom said hi to Jack, Ben and I went over to the belugas where we could see Qila coming down very close to her visitors. That was fascinating, too.

All of us watched the last dolphin show in which Hana and Helen were definitely having fun with their trainer Paula.

As a sweet reminder of his visit, Tom bought some cute candy from the gift shop which he enjoyed while sitting on a bench in Stanley Park.