How Do You Love a Whale?

In November 2016, when the beluga whale Qila died suddenly at the Vancouver Aquarium, I was on the other side of the country in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Fortunately, I made it to Vancouver a few days later to see...

Riding the Kelp Highway

No one knows exactly how people first came to the Americas, but the archaeologist Jon Erlandson thinks that kelp helped them do it. Kelp covers much of the Pacific Rim coastline, supporting a vast ecosystem ...

Taiwan’s White Dolphins on the Brink

These days, it’s sometimes easy to forget that wild cetaceans face a gauntlet of epic threats from human activities in their ocean habitat. Having worked for nearly 30 years as a marine mammal ecotoxicologist i...

One Turtle’s Annual Check-Up

Much like humans go to the doctor to get physicals, part of the expert care routine at the Aquarium includes annual check-ups from the veterinary team. “For the same reasons that everyone visits their doctor...

Bluefin Tuna 101

When it comes to sushi and seafood prestige, no fish commands more attention than bluefin tuna. We took our most pressing questions to Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise® research analyst Laurenne Schiller to get he...