The Vancouver aquarium has plenty to see.
The Beluga whales are here, and you can really see them very close up. They do a show which is entertaining, but be warned, get a seat early, as they fill quickly, and don't sit in the front row, otherwise you will get wet!
These whales look like big loveable marshmallows. We didn't see them in the wild in Alaska, but we did see them in the end, and it was great! I stayed a watched them for ages, they look so lovable!
We didn't do this, but you can have a " Beluga Encounter" and come face-to-face with a Beluga whale.
If you take this opportunity, you will visit "Imaq and Kavna" in a behind-the-scenes marine mammal habitat and participate in an interactive training session alongside an Aquarium trainer.
It is a chance to feed, touch and have fun with the Beluga's!
You also receive a take-home CD of digital photos taken during your beluga encounter!
It is quite expensive......2010....Adults....... $135
1 Adult + 1 Child........ $185
Duration: 90 min.
General admission is extra
HOURS......9:30AM – 5:00 PM daily (Doors close at 4:30 PM)
ADMISSION.....Adult in 2010 .....$22.....Child 4-12.....$14
All sharks are predators and if your not into swimming with the sharks in the Caribbean, the Vancouver Aqaurium is a great place to stick your face up against the glass and get some great pictures of sharks.
Even standing next to the glass gives you an erry feeling but don't worry I am sure your safe :-).
I really don't know what to say about the Aquarium other than it was amazing. It was $16.5 CDN to enter for an adult. There is cheaper pricing for children and seniors.
I was really blown away by the Beluga Whales, there are several at the Aquarium.
"Kavna" is a female beluga who is approximately 3.8 metres in length and weighs about 1000 kg. At about 32 years of age, Kavna eats 11 kg of herring, squid and capelin a day.
"Allua" is only a teenager at about 19 years of age. She is 3.2 metres long and about 794 kg, eating 10.5 kg of herring, squid and capelin.
"Imaq" is the only male beluga, he's a bit heavier at about 1340 kg and 3.9 metres long. His daily diet is 14 kg of herring, squid and capelin. Imaq is about 15 years old.
"Aurora", a 16 year old female, weighs approximately 800 kg and is 3.2 metres in length. She gets fed 11 kgs of herring, squid and capelin a day.
"Qila" is almost 8 years old. She gets fed 9 kg of herring, squid and capelin. She is now 3.3 metres long and approx. 595 kgs in weight.
"Tuvaq" was born July 20th, 2002 to mother Aurora. He is the newest addition to the belugas at the Vancouver Aquarium! At 6 months of age, he measured 1.98 metres and weighed 186 kg.
I highly recommend you also visit the Aqaurium web site where they have a live web cam on the beluga whales.
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While cutting across the Stanley Park to get into our parking lot, we heard screams of excitement. We followed where the voices are coming from. These screams were actually coming from children inside the Vancouver Aquarium! The children were watching the dolphins that were making tricks.
I tried to peek, but the bushes were too thick and they covered the pool where the dolphins are. Plus, I can't get any closer because there is a creek that acted as the divider of the aquarium. We didn't go inside because we didn't have time. Outside the aquarium was a guy who was selling balloons and making them into different animal shapes while there were few Asian women artists who were painting portraits of some tourists.
For me the Vancouver Aqaurium was a perfect opportunity to safely see a bunch of animals I have also ever heard about or seen on television. The famous Anaconda snake was another perfect example.
I highly recommend you make it to the Aqaurium in Stanley Park.
Did you know?
Considered the largest snake in the world, anacondas receive this title from their weight, not their length.
Cloaked in myth and mystery these snakes have been fabled to reach lengths of over 17m.
Sometimes called the "water boa", green anacondas are the most aquatic of all the boas. Eunectes, from their scientific name, means "good swimmer".
Anacondas are born with all the skills they need for survival, including the ability to swim.
Adult anacondas don't care for their young, and if given the opportunity, will even eat them.
Source: Vancouver Aqaurium
Like my tip on sharks, if you are not into swimming with sharks or wrestling crocodiles, you can safely view them at the Vancouver Aqaurium.
They look pretty relaxed but still very impressive. Enjoy your stay here.
Vancouver Aquarium lies in Stanley Park. It is actually a combination of an aquarium and "sea world-like" entertainment (albeit on a smaller scale). The park is divided into 4 theme areas. (Arctic Canada, the BC coast, the wild coast and tropical jungle).
The main attraction here are the Beluga whales, also referred to as white dolphins. The shows with these fantastic animals are sure to attract a lot of people every time. Actually these Beluga whales alone are reason enough to visit the Vancouver Aquarium, especially since the price is rather fair (adults Can$ 16.50 including tax). We spent some 2.5-3 hours here.
Probably a little less exciting as apposed to the sharks but there are also plenty of Jelly Fish at the Vancouver Aqaurium.
Jellyfish belong to the Phylum Cnidaria, which has three major classes: Hydrozoa, the primitive fern-like creatures, many of which produce small jellyfish, Scyphozoa, the large jellyfish, or scyphomedusae, and their polyps, and Anthozoa, or sea anemones. Although many of these animals produce a jellyfish part of their life cycle, there are only about 200 species of large jellyfish that people are likely to notice - most of these are in the Scyphozoa.
Situated within Stanley Park is what I think is a must, especially if you have children, the Vancouver Aquarium.
The Aquarium offers fantastic information about the whales, otters, seals, sea lions and other sea fairing creatures. The Aquarium also offers the opportunity for you to get up close and personal if you wish with trainer tours.
As you can see from some of these facts below, sea lions are becoming very rare making your visit that much more special to the Vancouver Aqaurium.
Since 1980, more than 75 per cent of the Steller sea lion population has disappeared, leaving the current wild population with less than 75,000 individuals. In 1990, Steller sea lions were listed as "threatened" under the United States Endangered Species Act. In 1997, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service reclassified some populations of Steller sea lions in Alaska as "endangered".
Who are the Steller sea lions at the Aquarium?
Tag is a 8 and a half year old male Steller. He is 2.7 metres in length and 375 kg in weight. He eats 12 kg of herring, squid and capelin daily.
Hazy is a 4.5 year old female who is 2 metres long and 131 kg heavy. She eats a daily herring, squid, and capelin intake of 9 kg.
Sitka, a 4.5 year old female Steller, is 2.1 metres long and 154 kg heavy. She eats 9 kg of herring, squid, and capelin a day.
There are also 5 juvenile Steller sea lions.
Source: Vancouver Aquarium
I hadn't really planned on going to the Vancouver Aquarium but as we woke up to yet another rainy day and were running out of indoors things to do, we decided to hit the Aquarium and we ended up having a pretty good time! A visit to the Aquarium is not exactly cheap ($19.95 for adults) but as we ended up spending the entire afternoon there, I felt I got my money's worth. The Aquarium is divided into two sections - an indoor and an outdoor one. Outdoors is where you'll find the dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters, seals and sea lions - there are shows running every half hour (rain or shine) between 10:30 am and 4:30 pm, just make sure to check the schedule inside. Inside the Aquarium, you'll find a variety of sea creatures and ecosystems and strangely enough, my favorite part was the jelly fish exhibit - it made for some really cool pictures! Definitely a great place to go if you're traveling with children, but grown-ups will probably enjoy it just as much :o)
The Vancouver Aquarium is open year round every day of the week (9:30 am to 7:00 pm during summer; 9:30 am to 5:00 pm during winter).
Located in Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is Canada's largest, and holds approximately 8000 sea creatures. It is also a marine mammal rescue and rehabilititation centre.
The aquarium is also very family-focused (thank goodness!!) as we were travelling with three young children and the place kept them entertained for hours. There are tanks where they can touch and handle sea creatures under supervision and and Clownfish Cove, an educational play area, where they can let some steam off. Clownfish Cove is also a great place for parents to nap, as I witnessed several prostate bodies on the padded benches and exercise pads which surround the area.
My favorite thing was the beluga whale observation tank. Watching them swim past in a slow water ballet was very zen after a hot, hectic afternoon with the kids.
When you first enter the Vancouver Aquarium the times for all the shows will be listed on a board.
I recommend you take in the dolphin show. The day of our visit, they were high energy and I couldn't beleive how high out of the water these dolphins could go. It was amazing.
How well trained they are is equally amazing. Just a flick of the hand, their trainers can get them to do whatever. You will really enjoy this show.
Spend a whole day (half at least) at the Vancouver Aquarium. I remember going there as a kid and thinking it was the most amazing place on earth. In fact, when I grew up, I worked there for several years.
Even after all this time, I still think it's one of my all-time favourite places to visit. In the summer (high tourist season) from July until the first week in September, it's a madhouse it's so busy. Still worth going to though. Ideally, visit it off season (open 365 days a year), and have the whole place to yourself, to get lost in the steamy heat of the amazon jungle, or shiver underwater with the Belugas in Arctic Canada.
Absolutely great for kids too! There's lots of interactive things to do set up everywhere. Probably costs around $10 a person (adults) now, but worth it!!
We spent about three hours at Vancouver Aquarium, which I think is a minimum. I would have liked to have at least another hour. It is arranged in three basic areas: marine mammals, northwest coast and tropical rainforest. The marine mammals were neat, especially the beluga whales, but I really could have spent the whole time
in the Northwest Coast section. It started out with a huge tank full of all kinds of local fish: sturgeon, salmon, kelp cod, cabezon, halibut, skate, rockfish, herring, etc etc. We sat there and looked at that for a good 15 minutes. The rest of the Northwest Coast exhibit was arranged by geographic area. Really really cool. The tropic area was ok - snakes, spiders, fish and some birds and turtles. The best part of that section was a big tank with
some huge tropical fish: catfish, arawanas and some other things I don't remember. They were very big and weird.