Thursday, 13 March 2008

Sleepover at the Vancouver Aquarium

Last night, we spent the night at the Aquarium in Vancouver's Stanley Park. We had a short visit in the afternoon, then went back at 8.45pm with our sleeping bags and toothbrushes. After an introductory talk from the staff, we spent time behind the scenes, looking around the "engine room", the different areas of the complex, and learning about many of the creatures, including touching sea anemones, sea stars, crabs, sea cucumbers and shellfish.

A very colourful crab - lots of orange and purple...



Many types of jellyfish...

Sea otters...



Sea turtle...


An ibis of some kind!



Pacific white-sided dolphins...



Snacks and drinks were provided, and we finally laid out our sleeping bags at about 12.30am in the beluga whale viewing gallery. Lights went out at 1am, when we fell asleep with the relaxing view of the whales drifting by the huge glass window. I'm not sure who was watching whom!



We were woken at 7am for a light breakfast and more wandering around the complex. We had a great time. There were many other creatures that I didn't get a photo of, such as the tree frogs, the octopus, the 6 foot long tropical fish, but I think we managed to see everything.

3 comments:

Heather said...

Fun! Belugas have such sweet faces, don't they?

LOUISE @ HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS said...

What a great day, that ibis looks as if it has been spray-painted? x

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Belugas are pretty cool. What's really neat is that there are only a few whales that can manipulate their lips like we do.