Vancouver Aquarium – here we come – again…

Being members at the Vancouver Aquarium is so worth it as we can spend as many times at the Vancouver Aquarium as we want during the year. Especially when we have an enormous amount of workload and hardly come out of the house, having some well-earned off-time at a place we love is simply wonderful.

So today we made our little round to first of all see the sea otters – and Katmai looked back at us!

Afterwards we watched Spotlight on Penguins where all African penguins stood well-lined up on one side of the habitat so that I could actually tell who was who. Steveston seemed to hang on interpretive specialist Vivan’s every word, always looking into her direction.
After that we could even watch marine mammal trainer Nicky feed those lovely penguins.

On we went to have a look at the beautiful belugas – and Aurora was looking at us several times. She even vocalized! That was so amazing.

We then followed the noise the Steller sea lions were making and found two of them sitting on their dock, being quite vocal, while one of the harbour seals swam by.

And finally we made our way to Jack and Daisy, our favourite harbour porpoises…

(to be continued…)

Geocaching, sea lions, dolphins, and a sea otter

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?!

(to be continued…)

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.

A sunny winter afternoon at the Vancouver Aquarium

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.

Elfin, Daisy and Jack

When we headed towards Jack and Daisy’s habitat at the Vancouver Aquarium, we saw Elfin looking through the glass door – waiting for someone?

Anyway, Jack and Daisy seemed to be in a good mood today and kept swimming together several times. This was so interesting to watch.
In between, Daisy also came down to check her visitors out, whereas Jack was too busy doing whatever he had to do.

We definitely had a great time with them.

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.

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.

Play time for Jack and Daisy, nap time for Elfin and the harbour seals

While watching Jack and Daisy from the underwater viewing area, we noticed some divers getting into the habitat, too, who then were playing with the harbour porpoises. Both Jack and Daisy seemed to be very curious and continuously swam to the divers to interact with them.

Contrary to the active harbour porpoises, Elfin and the harbour seals were having a little nap. Although they were giving their visitors a short glance, they went back to their little siestas almost immediately. Cute, eh?

(to be continued…)

Jack, Daisy and Elfin

Having explored Stanley Park for a while, all four of us went to the Vancouver Aquarium to check on some of their animals – and you probably would have guessed correctly: Jack and Daisy were the first ones we went to see.

Jack was busy exploring the hydrophone in his habitat, but after a while he came to the underwater viewing windows and even brought a leaf with him which he proudly presented to us. Such a cutie!

Even Daisy left her favourite corner and swam by to check out our cameras. She is such a pretty porpoise – and always so curious.

Time always flies by much too quickly when spending it with Jack and Daisy, but we will be back very soon!

On our way out, we stopped at Elfin’s habitat to say bye to him, too.

(to be continued…)