The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center is one of the most popular aquariums in North America, with 8,000 aquatic ... More
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center is one of the most popular aquariums in North America, with 8,000 aquatic animals from the Arctic and the Amazon, including orcas, beluga whales and dolphins.
Ii was one of the nicest aquariums I've ever been to if not the nicest! The belugas are enchanting and the dolphins are beautiful, but with that aside the collection of fish they have are deffinetly in variety and are spectacular in their origins and bright colors.
I live in California and my family and I are members of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I must say that we were all impressed by the displays we saw at the Vancouver Aquarium. Like the Monterey Aquarium, they specialize in local marine habitats as well as some on the more exotic side. The exhibits are well spaced apart, and I never felt too crowded. The price was reasonable and the atmosphere is cheerful. The marine mammal exhibits are great too and provided a change of pace for the kids.
No need for Nemo's Nautilis if you visit the Vancouver Aquarium, the wonders of the marine realm are contained in a variety of breathtaking displays.
Long Beach: the turbid waters of Vancouver Island's outer coast are explored, home to perch, skates, sole, and salmon.
Stanley Park shores: explore the marine animals of our own backyard such as bizare pipefish, adorable grunt sculpin, colourful greenling, creepy hagfish, and a host of other intersting species.
Sechelt Inlet: The depths of Sechelt Inlet are inhabited by cod,crabs, eelpouts, combfish, and other curious creatures.
Pacific Canada Pavillion: View the majesty of the Pacifc coast, tidepools house gunnels and clingfish, octopus and wolf eels lurk in caves, predators like halibut and lingcod patrol the bottom, while among swaying kelp fronds swim rockfish, herring and cabezon.
Native freshwater: The cool streams and ponds of B.C. are home to ghostly white salmon, armoured sturgeon, and a variety of small species of sunfish, minnows, and dace.
Indo-pacific reef: a massive tank houses the diversity of a pacific coral reef, multitudes of colourful butterfly fish, sweetlips, parrot fish, trigger fish, puffers, angelfish, bannerfish, and many others swim through the beautiful corals.
Living Jewels: A brightly lit living coral reef is home to some of the more fragile tropical species, such as live corals, giant clams, dottybacks, surgeon fish, blennies, and damsel fish.
Undersea Cave: descend into an undersea cave home to squirrel fish, snappers, wrasses, porcupine fish, and several species of moray eels.
Reef's edge: At the edge of the reef, sparse coral heads mark the merging of the reef into the endless sandy bottom fading off into the blue vastness. Various reef fish and bamboo sharks take refuge, in the few remaining corals, from prowling sharks and stingrays.
Flooded forest: Among the tangled roots of the flooded forest stalk massive apapaima fish, cichlids, and headstanders, the open water is home to arowana and pacus, while the sandy bottom is dominated by large catfish and freshwater stingrays.
Amazon Riverbank: schools of silver dollars, catfish, and cichlids glide through the water, while toothy caimans bask on the shore.
Walk Through Forest: The visitor is emmersed in an exhibit in which birds and butterflies glide through the air, sloths hang from the trees, lizards and tortoises patrol the ground, and fish and turtles swim through ponds.
South American Pond: View a pond from above and below the surface, to see tiger stingrays, tetras,cichlids, and South American ducks.
Wild Coast: See the marine mammals of british Columbia such as dolphins, sea lions, otters, and habour seals.
Arctic canada: Journey to the the land of the midnight sun, home to a pod of graceful beluga whales.
Life in a pond: See life from a fish's point of view in a unique acrylic dome inside a pond exhibit home to tadpoles, fish, and snails.
In additon to these and many other outstanding exhibits the aquarium is also involved in many eduacation, conservation, and rescue/rehabilitation prgrams, and is a fulley accredited mamber of the American Zoo and Aquarium society.
As a former member of the Vancouver aquarium, I can say that is worth going time and again. Every time I go I learn something new about conservation or marine wildlife. I will attend the aquarium again when I return to Vancouver. I love the Vancouver aquarium.
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