Peek Behind the Curtains at Vancouver Aquarium This Weekend

photo: Michael DeYoung

The following article was submitted by the Vancouver Aquarium.

Summer’s here, the sun’s out, and we’re giving visitors an opportunity to see Vancouver Aquarium in a new light with a peek behind the curtains!

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Peek Behind the Curtains at Vancouver Aquarium This Weekend

Celebrate the Return of Spot Prawn Season!

Photo Credit: Frederique Neil

It’s nearly that time of year when food lovers in the city go crazy over the sustainable and local darling, spot prawns. For the uninitiated, spot prawns are characterized by white horizontal bars on their carapaces, as well as white spots on their tails (hence the name). And they have a distinctive sweet flavour that’s amazing!

Here are two events that will provide you with fun and delicious ways to enjoy this season’s catch.

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Celebrate the Return of Spot Prawn Season!

5 Ways to Enjoy Spring Break at the Vancouver Aquarium

Watching the Jellies // Photo: Neil Fisher

The following article was submitted by the Vancouver Aquarium.

The Vancouver Aquarium team has been busy getting ready for spring break fun! From March 11 to 26, we’re extending our hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and adding more programs and shows (view the schedule). Here are some not-to-be-missed experiences at the Aquarium this spring break.

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5 Ways to Enjoy Spring Break at the Vancouver Aquarium

Kids In Vancouver: Plunge Into The Divers’ Weekend Festivities At The Vancouver Aquarium

Kids watch a diver in action | Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

Scuba diving isn’t just a pastime for vacationers looking to explore the colourful sea life that lives below the surface of the water in tropical destinations, it’s a skilled sport, a life-saving profession, and a thrill-seeking lifestyle backed by a rich history of exploration and advances in underwater technology.

Thanks to the 18th annual celebration of diving, which comes to the Vancouver Aquarium on January 21st and 22nd, divers and non-divers can explore the world of undersea diving – without getting their feet wet. Here’s what you can expect from the weekend’s diving-focused festivities.

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Kids In Vancouver: Plunge Into The Divers’ Weekend Festivities At The Vancouver Aquarium

Kids In Vancouver: Dive Into The Holidays With Scuba Claus

Scuba Claus | Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

Scuba Claus | Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

“I KNOW HIM!” Buddy The Elf isn’t the only Santa enthusiast who would shout with glee at the sight of Scuba Claus swimming alongside his favourite aquatic friends at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Come for the Claus, and stay for the aquatic-themed holiday festivities that light up Vancouver’s favourite tourist destination. Here are some of the ways you can dive into the holidays with some festive underwater fun.

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Kids In Vancouver: Dive Into The Holidays With Scuba Claus

Kids In Vancouver: Visit The New Otter Pups At The Aquarium

New Sea Otter Pup | Photo: Daniela Ruiz (Alaska Sea Life Center)

New Sea Otter Pup | Photo: Daniela Ruiz (Alaska SeaLife Center)

Vancouver visitors love to ogle the Vancouver Aquarium’s resident sea otters as they splash and dive in their centrally-located outdoor habitat. People just can’t seem to resist their adorably fluffy faces and perky demeanour. Over the years, visitors have gotten to know the personalities of each of the four sea otters who currently reside at the Vancouver Aquarium – one of North America’s leading facilities in sea otter care.

On November 1, 2016, the Vancouver Aquarium welcomed two new sea otter pups to their friendly brood of rescues, and the new residents have had quite the journey from their birthplace in Alaska. Learn more about why they’ve made the move, and chime in with your ideas on what the aquarium should name their new friends!

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Kids In Vancouver: Visit The New Otter Pups At The Aquarium

Learn about Sustainable Seafood at “From Boat to Table” at the Vancouver Aquarium

An Ocean Wise pink shrimp taco special at the Vancouver Aquarium; Sourced from the Vancouver Aquarium Facebook page

An Ocean Wise pink shrimp taco special at the Vancouver Aquarium; Sourced from the Vancouver Aquarium Facebook page

Vancouver is blessed with access to incredible fresh seafood, which can be enjoyed in restaurants around the city. Part of what makes our seafood culture so special is an increased willingness to make sustainability a priority, both in consciousness and in action.

November has been designated Ocean Wise month! In honour of this celebration, the Vancouver Aquarium and Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks are presenting “From Boat to Table: The Sustainable Seafood Supply Chain,” a fun, interactive, and educational event on November 2, 2016.

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Learn about Sustainable Seafood at “From Boat to Table” at the Vancouver Aquarium