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…)

… sharks, garden eels, butterflies, caimans, an arapaima, frogs, axolotls…

Well, there was still so much to see, and we explored all the galleries inside the Aquarium’s main building where we saw so many different species.

I am a huge fan of the tasselled wobbegong, one of my favourite sharks; I love the garden eels, but most of all, I simply cannot get enough of these cute little axolotls.

Anyway, in the tropical zone we saw lots of butterflies, birds, tortoises (my favourites there) and even a sloth napping (what else?!) high up in one of the trees.

And just look at this huge fish, the arapaima, which is one of largest freshwater fish in the world. Impressive, eh?

We then headed outside again to watch another species living at the Vancouver Aquarium…

(to be continued…)

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?

Visit to the Vancouver Aquarium and Prospect Point

Going to the Vancouver Aquarium is always fun – and we love to watch all the various animals there.

This time, all seven penguins stood close together, well six of them did and number seven had climbed up a bit further. What was the little one looking for? Anyway, Daisy was in a really good mood playing with her hoop and with a disc later on. I could stand there watching Jack and Daisy for hours… Well, I sometimes even do so.
I also love those little spotted and splendid garden eels.

After the Aquarium we stopped at Prospect Point to enjoy the view of Lions Gate Bridge up close, my favourite bridge, and its surroundings.

Vancouver Aquarium, Lost Lagoon and sunset in Burnaby

What a day! We had an amazing morning at the Vancouver Aquarium where we had a look at all the animals living there. There was feeding time for the harbour porpoises Jack and Daisy, the belugas Aurora and Qila were happily swimming, the Pacific white-sided dolphins Helen and Hana were playing, the penguins were enjoying themselves, and so did the sea otters Elfin and Tanu, and Schoona was swimming gracefully. And then there were so many others to be watched, like colourful butterflies and those funny garden eels. We never tire of visiting the animals and could spend hours there! Well, we usually do…

After that we went through Stanley Park where we saw a squirrel eating and Canada geese marching along and finally came to the Lost Lagoon where we spent a lovely afternoon. This is one of our most favourite places in Vancouver – and a special one for us, too. It is always totally relaxing to sit on one of the benches and to watch the wildlife there. We usually spot ducks, Canada geese, swans, blue herons, squirrels, raccoons, seagulls, turtles, fish and various birds. And I always take pictures – I must have a hundred if not even a thousand of that location.

By the way, Have you spotted the blue heron in one of the pictures here?

Back home with a nice cuppa in hand we had the most amazing sunset ever – just have a look at the pictures!