The Secret World of Sharks and Rays Launches at Vancouver Aquarium – February 7

Photo credit: Vancouver Aquarium

Photo credit: Vancouver Aquarium

When you hear “shark” you think of great whites chomping surfboards Jaws-style. But that’s only because you haven’t been to the newest and quite possibly the coolest exhibit, The Secret World of Sharks and Rays, at the Vancouver Aquarium.

The exhibit opens February 7 and sticks around until April 30, providing an up close look at one of the ocean’s least-understood and most-feared creatures. You can also set your glims on the shark’s lesser-known cousin, the wily stingray.

The Vancouver Aquarium’s newest residents include exotics such as the zebra shark, a tasseled wobbegong shark and a leopard whipray. Over in the Pacific Canada Pavilion, you can learn more about our local sharks which range from the common spiny dogfish, to the endangered basking shark, and the rarely seen thresher shark.

Bluespotted-Stingray. Photo credit: Vancouver Aquarium

Bluespotted-Stingray. Photo credit: Vancouver Aquarium

According to the experts at the Aquarium, the toothy, eating-machine shark image doesn’t come close to the “typical shark.” There are over 370 living shark species. The adaptations – from crazy long tails, to spots, to electro-sensory perception, to the ability to have virgin births – are all a response to the multitude of environments sharks inhabit.

Want to learn more? Head on over. I don’t think it will be hard to get the kids interested in this educational experience. You might have trouble convincing them to go home.

The Secret World of Sharks and Rays will be at the Vancouver Aquarium February 7 to April 30. Don’t miss two free shark event: “The Sharks of British Columbia” February 12 from 6 to 8pm. And “Sharks of Canada” March 5, from 6 to 8pm. RSVP required.

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