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New Commitments To Beluga Conservation Research

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” — John Muir. A warming planet is a hostile place for a species best suited to cold and ice. In the Arctic, the beluga whale’s environment is melting, and in the St. Lawrence Estuary, human pressures […]

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Member Finds Inspiration and Comfort at Vancouver Aquarium

The artist within eight-year-old Nicholas was unleashed one day after a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium. He asked his mother Susie Scrivano for his sketchpad and felt pens, and began to draw. “His drawings, which depicted his view and imagination of the underwater world of wonder, were astonishing,” says Susie. The Aquarium is a source […]

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Sea Lice Research a First in British Columbia

If it’s working well in Norway, maybe it will work well here. That’s what Dr. Shannon Balfry thinks about using “cleaner” fish to control the issue of sea lice at salmon farms off our coast. The head of fish propagation research at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre just returned from the Scandinavian country where […]

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Everything I Need to Know about Life I Learned at Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is not just a concrete building, it’s a living, breathing entity. It’s alive with animals that teach us about survival on a changing planet, alive with staff members and volunteers who spend every day sharing stories of the natural world with visitors. The Aquarium is a valuable teacher, and […]

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Lights! Camera! Dolphin?

Have you ever watched a movie or TV show and recognized the Vancouver Aquarium? Over the years, our galleries and animals have been featured in numerous productions, perhaps the most famous being Danger Bay. This CBC series, which started airing in 1984, followed the marine conservation adventures of the Roberts family. Since then, the current […]

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How to Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About

The following is a typical scenario in the stairway leading down to the underwater beluga viewing gallery: Kid (points at narwhal model hanging from ceiling): What’s that? Parent (quickly looks around for some signage): Um, er… why, that’s a narwhale, dear… That’s some quality parenting right there, and just the kind of experience we hope […]

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Staff Pick: An Arctic Fish That Warms the Heart

Most Aquarium staff members are drawn to a particular animal because of its unique physical features. But there’s more to the fish doctor (Gymnelus viridis) than its “cute, little face,” according to Jon Maciver, Visitor Experience and Admissions Coordinator. He nominated it for Staff Pick of the Month. Jon first noticed this fish while working […]

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A Tale of 72 Divers

It’s crazy to think there are some Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre employees who spend almost as much time underwater as they do on land during work hours, but it’s true. Our diving numbers for 2015 tell quite a tale of diving activity by staff and volunteers at Vancouver Aquarium. It’s the job of Jeremy Heywood, the […]

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