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!

At the Tropic Zone

The Tropic Zone was not too busy today, so that we could take some pictures while admiring most of the animals there.
But as soon as we started looking into the various habitats, more and more people did the same…

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!

Great photo opportunities

When we went to Penguin Point, we saw Sechelt and Nelson inspecting one of the autumn leaves. Later on all seven African penguins stood closely together for the perfect photo opportunity. A great bunch, eh?

Once inside the building, we saw the zebra shark lying on the ground for the first time. She is usually swimming around quite fast, so I took this chance to get a closer picture of her.

The garden eels were rather cooperative today, too, as they hardly ever stay still.

And we were lucky to see so many seahorses in action. Some of them came so close to the window that we managed to get some decent shots of them.

Even the dwarf cuttlefish were clearly visible today. Those masters of disguise are usually hard to detect, but it must have been our lucky day to spot those cute ones today.

(to be continued…)

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!

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?

We had a fantastic day at the Vancouver Aquarium

Although it was a Tuesday, we saw ourselves leaving our apartment, well, not voluntarily really, but we had to go as there was a planned power shut off in the whole building. And where do we usually go when we have a day to spend somewhere, especially one that promised rain? Yes, of course, we went to the Vancouver Aquarium!

When we arrived at Stanley Park, it still was a bit too early for the Aquarium to be open. Therefore we did some geocaching near the Aquarium and walked around it to keep us warm.  While doing so, we found the polar bear habitat of the former Stanley Park Zoo. Until yesterday I didn’t even know that Vancouver had a zoo – and I had to look it up. Anyway, fortunately for us, the rain held back until we actually went into the Aquarium.

This time we had a much closer look at the frog exhibit and found some amazing species there. Have you ever heard of an axolotl? They look so cute – and doesn’t the darker one look like Toothless from ‘How to Train your Dragon’? We also saw some seahorses and a little shark already moving within its egg case – that was really exciting! When we went to see Hana and Helen from the underwater perspective, Hana came by twice and talked to us – so it seemed – as we heard noises from her. I have never heard her vocalising something except when her trainers ask her to do so – so that was really unbelievable!

Somehow it was the day of wonders. When we went to see Jack and Daisy, Jack wasn’t really interested in coming down to the visitors, something that he does regularly, but Daisy was very active – for the first time, at least for us – and came down to us to pose in front of our cameras. She really liked Marcus’s big camera and always wanted to have her picture taken – so she presented herself in different poses. That was so cute! I alone took nearly 200 pictures of her. As you can imagine, we spent hours there…

That was such an amazing day at the Vancouver Aquarium – and we didn’t even mind the rain when we walked back to our car to get home again.