Three dolphins and one porpoise

In the late afternoon we went to Whytecliff Park, our new favourite location to spot harbour porpoises. We invited some friends to come along in the hope to show them some harbour porpoises in the wild.

After some waiting we finally spotted some dorsal fins – but these looked different.
And yes, we saw three Pacific white-sided dolphins swimming by and foraging.
This was the first time we had seen dolphins in that area. Wow!

As a special treat, a single harbour porpoise came swimming along some time later as well which was pretty amazing.

We all had a fantastic time and will come back to spot more porpoises – hopefully.

So many amazing animals

Yesterday evening our boys arrived safely – and so today our first Vancouver attraction we visited was (of course!) the Vancouver Aquarium.

While exploring the Aquarium, we saw a lot of different animals, among them the Pacific white-sided dolphins, two-toed sloths, the plumed basilisk (yes, we found it!), the toucanets, and the giant Pacific octopus.

Sea lions, dolphins, porpoises

After our little walk we could not resist to go to the Vancouver Aquarium. Well, we were in Stanley Park anyway, right?!

We saw Hana and Helen playing with a ball, two Steller sea lions having a nap, and Jack and Daisy up close at the underwater viewing windows – a perfect way to end this relaxing afternoon!

A training session with Hana and Helen

While vising the Vancouver Aquarium, we watched a very interesting training session with Hana and Helen – but for us everything at the Aquarium is fascinating…


A rainy afternoon at the Vancouver Aquarium

Living in Metro Vancouver means having more rain than in a lot of other places – but still, I rather have rain than snow.

Anyway, on this lovely rainy day, we headed towards the Vancouver Aquarium for our weekly dose of animals. However, unlike the two seagulls, we were not really tempted to stand outside in the rain and therefore made our way to the underwater viewing area to watch the two dolphins from there.

On our way up from there, we passed the newts which were very busy…
We also said hi to the arapaima in the Tropical Zone – and went on to have a look at the strawberry anemone and those cute little Pacific spiny lumpsuckers. Aren’t they adorable?

(to be continued…)

Helen in action

To avoid rush hour traffic and be on time for After Hours we went to the Vancouver Aquarium in the afternoon and watched Up Close with Dolphins where Helen showed her visitors a new behaviour – a flip – several times. That was really impressive!

(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…)

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…

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.

Helen, Hana and Daisy

Marcus and I arrived in time for the last dolphin show of the day at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Although we have already seen the show countless times, it is always fascinating to watch Hana and Helen in action.

From there we went to see Jack and Daisy and spent the remaining hour with them.
Jack swam by to say hello but stayed in his corner most of the time, whereas Daisy seemed to be interested in all her visitors, and so  she came down to the underwater viewing windows a lot of times.