Elfin, a sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium, got an early start celebrating Stanley Park’s 125th anniversary by noshing on a special “ice” cake made with shrimp, crab, mussels and clam icing. We were lucky enough to capture the experience on video:

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Elfin is one of three rehabilitated sea otters at the Vancouver Aquarium. The sea otters were rescued as orphans in Alaska and nursed back to health with the help of the Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre staff.

The celebrations continue this weekend, with the Aquarium’s mobile education program AquaVan, presented by BC Hydro and BG Group, at Lumberman’s Arch (behind the family stage) on August 24 and 25 from 1-6 p.m., providing up close and personal encounters with a variety of live marine invertebrates as part of the program’s mission to educate the public on aquatic conservation.

The presence of the Vancouver Aquarium AquaVan will be part of Celebrate! Stanley Park events commemorating the 125th anniversary of Stanley Park, Vancouver’s oldest and largest park, which has been home to the Aquarium since its inception in 1956.

AquaVan is one of many educational programs offered by the Aquarium since it began delivering education programs in 1965. For more information on AquaVan, or to arrange a visit to a school or community event, click here. AquaVan is currently booking tours in northern B.C. for the month of September 2013.

Happy birthday Stanley Park – here’s to another 125 years and beyond!

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