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article imagePhoto Essay: Wonders of nature at the Vancouver Aquarium Special

By Igor I. Solar     Oct 11, 2014 in Travel
Vancouver - About 50,000 aquatic creatures make their home at the Vancouver Aquarium. With a focus on communication and research, the dazzling exhibits entertain and educate visitors promoting conservation of wildlife in marine and freshwater environments.
The Vancouver Aquarium is located within the rainforest of Stanley Park, near downtown Vancouver. Recognized as one of the world’s top ten aquariums it contains displays on mammals, invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, and reptiles from all over the world.
Entrance to the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park  Vancouver  BC.
Entrance to the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Renowned Haida artist Bill Reid s killer whale sculpture   Chief of the Undersea World  at the entra...
Renowned Haida artist Bill Reid's killer whale sculpture, "Chief of the Undersea World" at the entrance of the Vancouver Aquarium.
A fun place for kids and adults, the aquarium is valued for bringing a direct connection between people and aquatic life in a setting that is both entertaining and informative. Additionally, the Vancouver Aquarium is widely known and respected around the world for its whale and dolphin research program. For over 50 years, Vancouver Aquarium scientists have been conducting research on cetaceans in captivity and in the wild in order to enhance our knowledge about whales, dolphins and porpoises, and facilitate environmental conservation.
The Vancouver Aquarium comprises indoor galleries with displays of animals from Canada’s Arctic, the British Columbia Coast, tropical fish, several tanks with anemones and jellyfish, and a fantastic display of habitats replicating the Amazon Rainforest. Large outdoor tanks contain beluga whales, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, sea otters, Harbour porpoises, and penguins, among others.
At the 4-D Movie Theatre, visitors can share on the struggle of Pacific salmon returning to the mountain streams in which they were born to spawn and complete their life cycle. The BBC movieThe Great Salmon Run 4-D Experience” is only 12 minutes long, but it can make you feel as being right on the rocks of a waterfall with the Grizzly bears while they patiently wait to feed on jumping salmon.
This photo-essay and original videos show some of the stunning aquatic life found at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Jellyfish known as West Coast sea nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens) is a common medusa that lives in the...
Jellyfish known as West Coast sea nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens) is a common medusa that lives in the East Pacific Ocean from Canada to Mexico.
Beautiful chorals provide refuge for colourful tropical fish.
Beautiful chorals provide refuge for colourful tropical fish.
Tropical fish at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Tropical fish at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Tropical fish at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Tropical fish at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Spotted jelly or Papuan jellyfish (Mastigias papua). This a species of Scyphozoa lives in the waters...
Spotted jelly or Papuan jellyfish (Mastigias papua). This a species of Scyphozoa lives in the waters of the Indo-West Pacific.
A boardwalk in the Amazon Gallery of the Vancouver Aquarium. The lush tropical vegetation covers tan...
A boardwalk in the Amazon Gallery of the Vancouver Aquarium. The lush tropical vegetation covers tanks with aquatic animals including birds, fish and reptiles.
There are two Yacare caimans (Caiman yacare) in the Amazon Gallery of the Aquarium. These reptiles i...
There are two Yacare caimans (Caiman yacare) in the Amazon Gallery of the Aquarium. These reptiles inhabit rivers in central South America including Argentina, Uruguay, southeastern Peru, eastern Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay.
There are many small and large species of frogs in the Vancouver Aquarium.
There are many small and large species of frogs in the Vancouver Aquarium.
The white-blotched river stingray (Potamotrygon leopoldi) is a fish that inhabits the Xingu River  a...
The white-blotched river stingray (Potamotrygon leopoldi) is a fish that inhabits the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazonas River, Brazil.
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