We had a great time at the Vancouver Aquarium

During our visit at the Vancouver Aquarium we saw lots and lots of animals, among them turtles, piranhas, frogs, axolotls, sloths, butterflies – and of course, the harbour porpoises.

We definitely had a fantastic time – and will be back soon, probably very soon…

So much to see…

… at the Vancouver Aquarium!

Today we had a closer look at the dwarf cuttlefish, spotted garden eels, seahorses, Schoona (the green sea turtle), a plumed basilisk, Jack and Daisy (the harbour porpoises) – and we had an amazing time there!

A sea turtle, penguins and a harbour porpoise

We spent a lovely afternoon at the Vancouver Aquarium, paid Schoona a visit, saw the African penguins waddle along, and watched a training session with Jack and Daisy – who needs anything else?

 

The first Super Saturday in 2014

On this Saturday we were visitors one and two at the Vancouver Aquarium when it opened for members at 8:30 am – does that surprise you?

Anyway, we headed straight on towards Jack and Daisy – and Daisy seemed to like the rain a lot, as she was jumping – yes jumping! – out of the water. We had never seen her do something like this before. This was so fascinating to watch!

Besides Jack and Daisy, we, of course, watched the special dive show in the Strait of Georgia habitat which was really good.

After that, among others, we also had a closer look at the spotted jellyfish, seahorses, dwarf cuttlefish, and garden eels.

We also spent some time watching Schoona, which is one of my favourites, and Walter, the recently rescued and rehabilitated sea otter, exploring his new home, grooming himself and eating loads of food.

The Steller sea lions were sitting on their platform, and being quite vocal, but they looked absolutely gorgeous with their brown colouration.

Back at Jack and Daisy’s we had some more fun interacting with Jack and Daisy. Well, Daisy was the porpoise coming to the underwater viewing area much more often than Jack.

Time flew by and we had to say goodbye to our favourite harbour porpoises…

By the way, we were the very last visitors to leave the building… What can we say – except that we always have so much fun there.

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…

A very short visit at the Vancouver Aquarium

It is Saturday, and we have to take some time off work. So what better place to go to than the Vancouver Aquarium?!

As this was only a short visit, we only went to see the harbour porpoises Jack and Daisy – of course! But we also said hi to the green sea turtle Schoona, and admired the clownfish in the habitat close by.

We definitely have to come back when we have got more time!

Another great day at the Vancouver Aquarium

Today we spent quite a lot of time at the Vancouver Aquarium – so much actually that we watched the dolphin show three times! But it never gets boring to watch Hana and Helen interact with their trainers. Besides, every time there is always something different to see, so that each show is definitely unique.
Marcus also had a nice chat with Leonora, a marine mammal trainer at the Vancouver Aquarium, – and we also had another quick chat with Lauren, an interpretive specialist at the Vancouver Aquarium. It is great to meet the passionate people who work with those amazing animals here at the Aquarium.

In the habitat opposite Hana and Helen’s one, all four female Steller sea lions were present and relaxing (or trying to sleep?) in groups of two, whereas the harbour seals were swimming non-stop.
The fur seals were probably inspired by the sea lions and decided to have a nap, too.

We also paid a visit to the African penguins, and all seven of them were standing close together – as usual.
From there it is just a step or two to see Aurora and Qila, the mother-daughter beluga duo swimming in their habitat. First Aurora was relaxing in rather shallow water while Qila swam by, but later we could watch both of them in action – from the underwater viewing area.

On we went to have a look at Elfin who seemed to be enjoying some rays of sunshine. Isn’t he cute?
Then we decided to go to see Schoona. I love sea turtles, and it is always very relaxing to watch her swim through her habitat.
On our way to the seahorses we also saw this beautiful tasselled wobbegong, a species of carpet shark. Its pattern looks amazing, eh?
And we really spotted some seahorses which usually takes some time. Can you see them, too?
A bit further on, we also saw those garden eels that always retreat into their holes when a fish swims above them. They are fun to watch, too.

However, as huge Jack and Daisy fans, the most interesting part for us was to watch these two harbour porpoises interact with their trainers, and later on seeing them checking out themselves in a window that was covered with a blind and acted as a mirror. It really looked like as if they were checking out their outward appearances, their flippers and flukes. That was so funny to watch.

After we said our goodbyes to them, on our way home, we got the most amazing view of Lions Gate Bridge which I had never seen before at night. So we had a quick stop to take some pictures of it. Stunning, eh?

Vancouver Aquarium, Lost Lagoon and Burnaby sunset

The last day of May promised to be as sunny as a summer’s day – and is there any better way than to spend it at the Vancouver Aquarium?! – So that we did.

On our way there, at Devonian Harbour Park, we saw a Canada geese family with lots of goslings swimming happily together.

Once inside the Vancouver Aquarium, we made a beeline to Jack and Daisy’s habitat, only to see that now there were six female fur seals in. I had never seen any of those before, and they were fun to watch, too.
Jack and Daisy were still in the little dolphin habitat. But the good thing for us was to be able to see them interact with their trainers during one of their training sessions. Jack seemed to respond more to them than Daisy did.
We then walked over to the Steller sea lions and harbour seals to watch an interesting training session with them as well. Vancouver Aquarium interpreter Lauren and both marine mammal trainers Anna and Leonora made this experience very special.
It was the first time that we actually saw all four female Steller sea lions together with their male colleagues, the three harbour seals.
And then it was time to see the dolphins in action. Once again, Lauren very enthusiastically led the audience through the dolphin show in which Hana and Helen had fun interacting with their trainers Anna and Leonora.
When we went to see Elfin, Tanu and Katmai, they all seemed to have a very relaxing day.
Time is always flying by when being at the Vancouver Aquarium, and as it was nearly time to leave, we quickly headed towards Schoona’s habitat which she shares with lots of fish, some sharks and rays. So one of her co-inhabitants is often swimming in front of the lens and trying to sneak into the picture…

Then it was time to say good-bye to all the animals, but surprisingly we saw quite a few different animals on our way home, too.
In Stanley Park, there was this black squirrel sitting in the grass and climbing a tree later, and some turtles were swimming in the Lost Lagoon. There we also saw those huge berries which looked like raspberries, but I looked them up and found out that these are edible salmonberries.
At Devonian Harbour Park we did not only see two geese families, and one of them had twelve (!) goslings, but also some birds. There were a house sparrow, a male red-winged blackbird and a female Red-shafted Northern Flicker. Did you know that these Northern Flickers are the only woodpeckers that frequently feed on the ground? Interesting, eh?
At Cardero Park we also saw a Common Starling, and a bit further away, near the Marina, there was a single duck swimming with its duckling.

Back home in Burnaby, we had a beautiful sunset with great clouds. What a fantastic ending of such an amazing day!

What a wonderful afternoon in Vancouver

After having not seen them for quite a while, we got to spend some time together with our friends Leanne and Susannah – and what better place to do so than at the Vancouver Aquarium. We are all members and love to come there as often as we can – and although we have probably seen everything more than once already, we are always fascinated by all the animals there, and believe it or not, we feel that there is still so much more to see and experience!

First of all we went to see Jack and Daisy who, unfortunately, were not in their habitat, the B.C. Sugar Pool, but once again in the smaller dolphin habitat. There we could observe a training session with them, and it was really interesting to see how they reacted and interacted with their trainers.

Our second stop was at Elfin’s habitat where he was sleeping. Even that is so cute to watch. His female colleagues Tanu and Katmai were much more active in their habitat. Especially Katmai was so curious that she always looked into our direction even when she was grooming herself. And that was so cute, too!

Next it was Helen and Hana’s turn to shine in their show, and they were especially excited and enjoying themselves a lot today. They showed a lot of jumps this time, and that was really impressive.

Then it was time for the beluga show starring Aurora and her daughter Qila. Our favourite interpretive specialist Lauren once again passionately led the audience through a highly interesting show. It is always amazing to see those huge animals interact with their trainers. A seagull, well, probably the seagull as there is always one on site, sneaked into the programme but flew by and waited at the edge of the habitat.

We then went to Penguin Point where all seven penguins were standing outside. Later they headed over to the other side of their habitat, jumped into the water, swam over, and after a very short swim got out of the water again. Meanwhile a bald eagle flew above the Vancouver Aquarium.

As time was nearly over, we set out for Schoona’s habitat, but when we passed the sea otters’ habitats, we saw that it was feeding time for Elfin who enjoyed his food very much. The funny thing was that Katmai was standing at the glass door of her habitat trying to get some attention – and most likely more food.

I absolutely love those ancient looking creatures, like lizards, tortoises and also sea turtles – and Schoona is really a beautiful specimen. Despite her huge size, she swims so gracefully and seems to ignore all the fish, stingrays and sharks swimming around her.

Well, after we had said our goodbyes to Leanne and Susannah, we headed home, too. On our way along Stanley Park’s seafront we saw a harbour seal looking out of the water – and then it was gone. This was so amazing – coming from the Vancouver Aquarium and having seen the seals there, we suddenly saw one living in the wild just surface out of the blue…

On our way back to Waterfront SkyTrain station we saw such beautiful flowers and simply had to stop to take a picture of them. Don’t those bright red poppies and those red and yellow torch lilies look stunning?
Further on we also observed a blue heron walking along the jetty until it found ‘its’ yacht where it stopped and started to look for its dinner.

This was such an amazing day that simply has to be repeated soon!

Visit to the Vancouver Aquarium and the Lost Lagoon

Having escaped the never-ending construction work at our building, we ended up at the Vancouver Aquarium where we – once again – visited Jack (who wasn’t much in a playing mode, unfortunately) and Daisy. The bunch of penguins were quite entertaining, too, with Hope trying to stand closest to the door (feeding time perhaps?). After going to see Schoona, Hana and Helen, Qila and Aurora, and of course Tanu and Elfin we had a walk along English Bay and then headed to the Lost Lagoon, one of our most favourite places in Vancouver – and it was partly frozen so that loads of ducks and two swans were gathering around or were even in the water hole.

Anyway, it was a lovely day – and when we were home we enjoyed a nice cuppa in a very quiet building as the construction workers had left for the day.