The ocean is filled with some of the most interesting creatures, and this spring, it’s time to completely embrace the weirdest and most wonderful members of the aquatic animal kingdom.
At the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, weird is intriguingly normal. And when you visit this Spring Break, you’ll have the chance to see and learn about over 50,000 marine animals, connecting with our oceans and the wonders within.
Adults and kids alike will enjoy the entertaining and educational programs available at the Aquarium, allowing you to get up close and personal with the animals and the people who care for them. Let’s not forget the Vancouver Aquarium’s 4D Experience — where you can see short nature documentaries on a state-of-the-art theatre screen, with the addition of sensory effects such as mist, scents, lighting, and wind. You can also dive deeper and book an Animal Encounter, bringing you behind the scenes and allowing you to work alongside the Aquarium’s animal care team.
Here are seven fascinating creatures you can visit at the Vancouver Aquarium, and the interesting features they possess! Now, how many of these facts do you already know?
Who doesn’t love penguins? It’s a lesser-known fact that African Penguins have two sets of eyelids and one tongue covered in hooks!
Sloths can hold their pee in for 156 hours and are so slow that algae can grow on their fur. If only we could all be that chill.
These adorable creatures use their underarms as pouches to store their sea urchin snacks for later (we need to take some tips from them).
Get this — their mouth is also their butt. Wild.
Seastars actually have eyes on the tip of each of their arms!
These fish have a special defensive strategy where slime copiously comes out of 200 slime pores to gag their would-be predators. So, that’s a thing.
Epaulette Sharks have been shown to be able to “walk” over sand or corals by bending their body from side-to-side, and pushing off the substrate with its paddle-shaped pectoral fins.
You can see all of these unique creatures and more at the Vancouver Aquarium, not just during Spring Break, but 365 days a year, to find out more about their distinctive features that are undeniably unexpected. But really, weird is the new – and wonderful – normal.
Address: 845 Avison Way
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily (and from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Spring Break – March 16 to 31)
Price: $38 for adults | $21 for children – Tickets available online