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…

Sea lions and dolphins

Today at the Vancouver Aquarium we saw Steller sea lions and Pacific white-sided dolphins leisurely swimming in their respective habitats. They all looked so relaxed…

(to be continued…)

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.

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!

A great place to be

This was our first visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, well, this month…

We were just in time for the beluga show, and as it was quite crowded (it was a Sunday after all), we could hardly see Qila in action, but had a fantastic view of Aurora.

After that we went to say hi to Jack and spend some time with him. I usually go to him first whereas Marcus stands in the background, taking some pictures before Jack spots him – and than it’s my turn to take pictures… And this time it wasn’t any different.

Some time later, we went to see a dolphin show. While waiting at their habitat, we had a quick look at the sea lions next door, happily snoozing.
After a great dolphin show, the sea lion ladies were still happily dozing, except for a short roar by one of them.

Then it was nearly time to leave (time always flies at the Vancouver Aquarium). So we went to see the harbour porpoises a final time to say goodbye to them, and even Daisy came to the underwater viewing area to bid us farewell. So cute!

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.

… and off to the Aquarium for a change

… and, of course, we ended up at the Vancouver Aquarium. We made a beeline to Jack and Daisy’s habitat, the B.C. Sugar Pool, where we found Janel playing with Jack. It was really interesting to watch her interact with Jack.

Anyway, after having had a chat with her, we left Jack in her hands and went up to see Hana and Helen in their last show of the day. The Steller sea lions next door were already half asleep.

Then it was back to Jack and Daisy again, and this time Jack came down to say hi to us – and he even brought Daisy with him. And just look, aren’t those two super cute? I cannot get enough of them…

Once outside the Aquarium, we sat on one of the benches nearby, enjoying a lovely summer evening – all while looking at the Jelly Invasion poster which reminded us that we definitely have to take some jellyfish pictures next time to take part in the photo competition.

Again, we had a most wonderful day in Vancouver – and we will definitely be back soon!

The Vancouver Aquarium – the destination of our last day trip with our boys

Unfortunately, Ben and Tom’s three week summer vacation has come to an end, and so they could decide what they wanted to do on their last full day before packing their bags and going back home again. Although we visited the Vancouver Aquarium several times during their stay here, they wanted to say goodbye to all the animals.

Once there, Marcus went to see Jack to take some pictures while Tom, Ben and I visited the wet lab one more time. There we had a closer look at the crabs which we didn’t have time for last Monday. A friendly volunteer explained the difference between real and fake crabs as well as male and female crabs to us and showed us some really nice specimen.

After that Ben and Tom joined Marcus at Jack and Daisy’s habitat whereas I tried to get some nice jellyfish pictures which is really hard to do.
After some (frustrating) time, I left the main building to go to the B.C. Sugar Pool, but I stopped at Elfin’s habitat where he was lying on a pile of ice cubes. Super cute, eh? I just had to watch him for a while…

When I finally reached Marcus and our boys, they decided to head to Hana and Helen’s underwater viewing area where they could watch Hana swim by a lot of times.

We met at the Wild Coast to watch a seal and sea lion show together, in which especially Willo, one of the Steller sea lions, performed really well.

Then we made our way back to Jack who was playing with a leaf, which actually isn’t good for him. Therefore we had to inform one of the trainers and spoil his fun…

Anyway, we also watched one of the penguin walks, this time starring Sechelt and Salt Spring. Those African penguins are just too cute to watch.

After that walk, we saw Elfin holding a blue ball in his paws, watched a dolphin show starring Hana and Helen, and said our final goodbyes to Jack.

Ben and Tom had such a great time that they cannot wait to come back and visited all the animals again.

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!