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!

… 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?

It’s the Vancouver Aquarium again

Once again we took the SkyTrain to go to Burrard Station where a sea of cherry blossoms awaited us. From there we walked through Vancouver a bit and finally made it to Stanley Park’s seafront from where we had a great view of Coal Harbour, and later we even had a clear view of Canada Place’s sails and the Vancouver Convention Centre on whose ‘living roof’ native plants grow and bees have found a home. As a special bonus, we saw a blue heron nearby looking for food.

Inside the Aquarium we finally could get a glimpse at the new sea otter girl Katmai who was together with Tanu. Of course, we had to go down to say hi to both harbour porpoises Jack and Daisy – and after some waiting Jack came to the glass panel and played peek-a-boo with me. That was so cute! Then we continued to have a look at all the other animals indoors and outdoors, including the tasselled wobbegong.

After having spent some time at the Aquarium we headed back to Burrard SkyTrain Station via Devonian Harbour Park, Cardero Park and Harbour Green Park along the waterfront. At one point there was this interesting house, and from another point we could see the Harbour Centre with its Lookout Tower.

All in all, we had a most beautiful day together with our boys and will definitely be back soon.