Half an hour with Jack and Daisy

I spent about half an hour watching the harbour porpoises Jack and Daisy as well as the beluga whales Aurora and Qila today.
Very relaxing indeed.

 

Lunch buddies

Today I had lunch with Aurora, Qila, Jack and Daisy.
Although I have spent so much time with all of these amazing beluga whales and harbour porpoises I never tire of seeing them over and over again.

Belugas and pumpkins

We were a bit early for After Hours and therefore watched the last beluga training of the day.

After their training the trainers put in some pumpkins, and both Qila and Aurora were swimming around them, underneath them, through between them while taking a closer look at those objects in their habitat.
Later on, when no one was looking, they even pushed them around. So funny!

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…)

Sea lions, dolphins, belugas

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…

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…)

Off-time at the Vancouver Aquarium

Marcus and I took some time off to show my in-laws the place we love to go to and they have heard a lot about – the Vancouver Aquarium.

As there is so much to see, we had a look at the sea otters (my mother-in-law favourites) first. Elfin seemed to be happily snoozing with one of his toys on his belly, whereas the ladies were busy playing in the water.

We then went to Penguin Point to observe all seven African penguins who were standing on their rocks and preening themselves. Just a few minutes later we had the chance to watch one of the penguin walks near the beluga habitat in which only Lillooet came out of her penguin carrier whereas Nelson preferred to stay inside hers. On her walk, Lillooet seemed to be very curious, both looking into the beluga habitat and towards her audience.

Having found a great spot, we stayed on to watch a beluga show in which Qila and Aurora showed a lot of their behaviours.

Finally, we went to the underwater viewing gallery to spend some time with our favourite harbour porpoises – and both Jack and Daisy came by to say hi. Especially Jack seemed to be happy to see us.

Sadly, our time at the Aquarium was over much too quickly, and after a quick bye to Elfin who was having dinner we went back home to continue working…

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!