Who can resist this charming harbour porpoise when he comes down to the underwater viewing area to swim from window to window and check out his visitors? It gets even better when Jack is in a playing mood and wants to play peek-a-boo or hide-and-seek. And who does not want to do that?! He definitely […]
When Daisy is coming down to pose in front of various cameras, she is always looking into those camera lenses as if they were mirrors. She is a true lady – and such a cutie!
All three male harbour seals Apollo, DaVinci and Hermes were waiting expectantly for their training session to start and therefore peeked out of the water a lot. When their trainers arrived, they came out of the water, followed their instructions and showed some behaviours for which they were rewarded with some delicious fish. After their training […]
No matter if you watch Hana and Helen during one of their shows, training sessions or just in between, there is always something different to see.
Today both beluga ladies shone during both their training sessions. Among all the behaviours they were showing to their trainers and which the visitors could watch, two actions were, however, remarkable. First, there was Qila leaping out of the water, and second, Indy, a marine mammal trainer, showed the audience how to get urine samples […]
Today two of the Steller sea lions were in their habitat and had a lot of fun together. First of all, it was feeding time – and the fish was definitely delicious. As an additional treat there were even ice cubes to crunch on. With the new energy boost, swimming and having a chat together […]
It is always great to see that Tanu and Katmai are getting along so well, and that they are doing a lot together. Today it was grooming time, and Katmai took that very seriously whereas Tanu still had time to have a look at her visitors from time to time.
When Daisy comes down to have a look at her visitors, she swims by slowly checking out all their photographic equipment and then stops in front of the person with the biggest camera and camera lens. After that she poses in front of it. Sometimes she also follows the camera lens, so when you go […]
Once you have seen both Jack and Daisy, you will never get enough of them, especially when they are in the mood to come down to the underwater viewing area. When both come down, it always follows the same pattern: Daisy will come first and pose in front of the cameras while Jack is waiting […]
Just look at all those pictures. Isn’t Jack the cutest harbour porpoise ever – apart from Daisy, of course?! Whenever he comes down to have a look at his visitors, he gets all the attention, especially when he is playing with them. It is always so much fun to watch this cutie!
In one of the shows called Discover Reef Shark, you can see, as the name says, reef sharks but also an amazing zebra shark and various kinds of rays. The stingray with its enormous tail is also very impressive.
Both Pacific white-sided dolphins Hana and Helen were enjoying a very leisurely swim in their smaller habitat today.
Both Katmai and Elfin got some enrichment toys to play with which they did not want to let go. So Elfin was actually grooming himself while still holding his disc in his paws or simply putting it onto his belly. Cute, eh?
The mother-daughter duo at the Vancouver Aquarium is always fun to watch. This time we saw Aurora and Qila during one of their training sessions, and it is amazing to see how agile they are.
Whenever Daisy comes down to the underwater viewing area, she is looking for the biggest lenses. Having found the one she likes most, she starts posing for pictures – and does that very professionally. Probably she can see herself in the lens, and therefore is checking herself out?! But this is so cute to watch!
Daisy is often seen hovering in her corner of the habitat, and so it was a pleasant surprise to see her coming down to the underwater viewing area as well. The funny thing was that she said hello to her visitors first while Jack was waiting for his turn behind her. Aren’t those two just […]
Jack was in a really good mood today and came down to the underwater viewing area – a lot! As if that was not great enough, he even seemed to enjoy playing peek-a-boo. Of course, he was a favourite among his visitors. But you cannot deny that he is super cute – and he probably […]
Hana and Helen definitely had fun today – playing with their enrichment toys, two balls, in the smaller dolphin habitat. Aren’t they a joy to watch?
Although Jack and Daisy had a great collection of enrichment toys, Jack preferred to have none of them. Maybe he had a very active morning playing with them. Daisy, however, came to Jack to see what he was doing, selected one of the toys and took it over to her favourite place in the habitat […]
Three harbour seals were already swimming expectantly for their trainers to arrive – and most likely waiting for their portions of fish,too. It was funny to see all three of them waiting to get some of those delicious fish snacks…
Watching those two beautiful belugas swim by while sitting on a bench in the underwater viewing area is always a great experience. Although they are really huge, they swim so effortlessly and gracefully.
Jack was very busy today playing with his yellow enrichment toy so that he didn’t even have time to come down to the underwater viewing area. But still it is great to see him so active.
Both the splendid and the spotted garden eels at the Vancouver Aquarium are interesting to watch. Whenever a fish or in this case a goby comes near them, they will retreat into their holes – sometimes partially, sometimes entirely, depending on how near the fish swims by. Only some time later they will poke their […]
Meet Schoona, a beautiful sea turtle at the Vancouver Aquarium. Just look how gracefully she is swimming.
Seven is supposed to be a lucky number – and the Vancouver Aquarium got this lucky number of African penguins. They usually do everything together, and so today it was preening time together. What a great bunch!
Aurora and her daughter Qila are two really amazing animals who can either be watched from the underwater viewing area (a favourite spot for many visitors, including me) or during one of their training sessions in which they show some of their behaviours. But when choosing a seat, be aware of the splash zone! Why? […]
When watching these two sea otters in their habitats, time is always flying by. Elfin, the male sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium, had a lot of fun swimming and diving today, but he always stopped in between and looked up to see what was happening around him whereas Tanu, the female sea otter, was […]
Hana and Helen were having fun playing with two balls in their smaller dolphin habitat, passing time until their afternoon training session started. During their show they were very active, too, and showed a lot of their behaviours. Whenever you visit the Vancouver Aquarium, make sure that you attend one of the dolphin shows! It […]
Jack and Daisy, the amazing harbour porpoises at the Vancouver Aquarium, are always such fun to watch. Daisy came down to the underwater viewing area just once to say hi, but Jack, to our joy, came down very often. Aren’t they adorable?
Today we could observe two harbour seals swimming in the habitat they share with the Steller sea lions – and they swim really fast! As a special treat both of them even came out, well, one of them did, but the other one stayed in the water to have a nice little chat.