Ever wonder what goes into the care of the more than 50,000 aquatic creatures that call Vancouver Aquarium home? Starting today, visitors to the Aquarium will have the rare opportunity to experience aquatic life like never before. Until April 30, Vancouver Aquarium Up Close features new interactive shows, special behind-the-scenes experiences, and up-close programming and displays designed to provide visitors with a new and exciting insight into what is involved with caring for the diverse, and individually unique aquatic creatures at the Aquarium.

Journey beyond the first impressions of your favourite animals to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of these beguiling creatures. Discover how a giant Pacific octopus gets fed or how a living coral reef is recreated and becomes a home to animals. Follow the path of the 9.9 million litres of water in our 400 exhibits and learn how the Aquarium’s biologists handle an electric eel without becoming electrocuted. We share the answers to these questions, and more, as you explore Vancouver Aquarium Up Close.

Additional new offerings, available for a limited time:

  • Vancouver Aquarium’s Wet Labfeaturing over 6,000 invertebrates representing close to 150 species, including sea stars, sea cucumbers, crabs, sea urchins and more, will be open, for the first time, at various times for daily exploration, offering visitors hands-on experiences with spineless animals from local seashores.
  • New interactive marine mammal shows demonstrate what’s involved in animal care, and why this care is so important. During each show, one very lucky visitor will be asked to step into the role of a marine mammal trainer.
  • Visitors in the right place at the right time may be selected to step behind the scenes and visit animal care areas that are typically only accessible to Aquarium staff. There’s no telling when or where this will happen, but the surprise is all part of the fun.
  • A new Ask the Staff program will run daily during the feature, offering visitors the unique chance to learn about, and ask questions of, aquatic animal experts, as well as those who help lead the Aquarium’s conservation, research and education initiatives.

And for added fun, don’t forget that the BBC’s highly-acclaimed Planet Earth series has returned to the Aquarium’s 4-D Experience. In “Shallow Seas,” Sir David Attenborough navigates the waters that border the world’s continents and shares his knowledge on a variety of aquatic animals, including humpback whales and pygmy seahorses. The Aquarium’s 4-D theatre uses sights, sounds, smells and other special effects to thrust viewers into an amazing aquatic world.

Experience Vancouver Aquarium Up Close and get closer to aquatic life than ever before. Learn more here, and view the daily schedule of Vancouver Aquarium Up Close programs here.


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