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Athena scrubs the acrylic pane from the inside of the freshwater stingray exhibit in the Amazon gallery.

A Hollywood Ending for an Aquarium Biologist

Like an ingénue dreaming of her big break in showbiz and pulling up beneath the “Hollywood” sign after days on the road, Athena Csuzdi also drove to an unfamiliar place – except in her case, the long journey ended in a Canadian city, and the big sign above her spelled “Vancouver Aquarium.” Athena grew up on 12 hectares “in the sticks” just outside of Kenora, Ontario. She wistfully remembers catching butterflies and frogs, and watchingContinue Reading: A Hollywood Ending for an Aquarium Biologist

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Gwaii Haanas especially comes to life in the springtime. Photo credit: Stef Olcen.

Springtime in Gwaii Haanas

When humpback whales are sighted in Gwaii Haanas, you know it’s really spring. Both gray and humpback whale spring migration routes pass through the waters of Haida Gwaii on British Columbia’s north coast, on the way to summer feeding groundsContinue Reading: Springtime in Gwaii Haanas

It's National Volunteer Week - a great time to applaud the volunteers who help make the Aquarium a great place to visit.

Celebrating Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

This week, April 6-12, is National Volunteer Week, and in honour of the 1,000+ volunteers who support the Vancouver Aquarium’s conservation, education and research efforts every year, we’d like to share the countless ways that volunteers help to enhance theContinue Reading: Celebrating Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

Lindsay checks in with volunteers in the Amazon gallery.

She’s the Queen of THIS Hive

Like bees buzzing away in a bee hive, many volunteers fly about the Vancouver Aquarium ever day, helping visitors see a particular animal, showing the way to the washrooms or leading a program for school kids. If the volunteers areContinue Reading: She’s the Queen of THIS Hive

A close-up shot of eulachon. Photo credit: Arianne Loranger-Saindon.

Eulachon and You: Why the “Savior Fish” Still Matters

If someone asked you to name an iconic British Columbian fish, what would you answer? You might respond with one of the five species of Pacific salmon, or possibly herring, but one species that likely wouldn’t come to mind isContinue Reading: Eulachon and You: Why the “Savior Fish” Still Matters