The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center is located just five minutes west of downtown Vancouver in Stanley Park. The Aquarium has more than 33,700 fishes from about 300 species. Nearly 30,000 invertebrates, including sea stars, jellyfish, octopuses and about 20 other spineless creatures are displayed. More than 350 snakes, frogs and newts represent 56 species of amphibians and reptiles. And, finally, close to 60 individuals represent 21 species of birds and mammals from around the globe including whales, seals, sloths and scarlet ibises.

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Aquarium EntranceJeff (foreground) and Jiles & Amanda (near the sculpture) at the entrance to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center. Beluga Whale HabitatThe Beluga Whale Habitat. The Vancouver Aquarium is one of only nine institutions world-wide that houses Beluga whales
Full Body BelugaFull body Beluga... Beluga TailBeluga giving us a "wave"
Underwater Beluga HabitatThe Beluga Whale Habitat can also be viewed through underwater windows. Fish tankA fish in the tank that I dropped my lens cap in during the Trainer Tour. Ooops!  Thankfully, I was able to recover it without any problems.
Octopus... it's what for lunch!Octopus... it's what for lunch... for Milo, the sea otter!  Jiles is holding up one of the innumerable octopus we fed to Milo during our Trainer Tour. Fortunately, they're not slimy... kind of rubbery actually. Milo eating octopusMilo is one of the Northern sea otters at the Aquarium. He was born in August 1999 and weighs 33.6 kg. His daily diet is 7 kg of fish fillets, crab, squid and clams... and octopus "treats". J
MiloIsn't Milo cute? He's waiting for us to drop another octopus onto his belly. Milo takes a napMilo taking a nap.
Nyac taking a napNyac taking a nap. She's the only female sea otter at the Aquarium. She's easy to pick out from the lighter fur on her head. Nyac was born in 1989. She weighs 27.6 kg, and eats 5-7 kg of fish fillets, crab, squid and clams. Elfin & NyacElfin, the other male otter living at the Aquarium, and Nyac playing. They can't put the two males together because they will fight thus Nyac takes turns staying with each one. Elfin, born in 2000, is the youngest sea otter living at the Aquarium. He weighs 18.8 kg and eats 5 kg of fish fillets, crabs, squid and clams.
Tiger LongwingA Tiger Longwing in the Butterfly Encounter in the Amazon Gallery, a re-creation of South America’s tropical rainforest. Tiger LongwingAnother Tiger Longwing butterfly. Longwing butterflies have very elongated wings and are slow fliers. Since the larvae feed on passionflower vines, which are poisonous, the adults are also unpalatable and advertise this with warning colors. Warning colors include combinations of red, orange, yellow, and white with black or brown. Most unpalatable butterflies make themselves obvious to would-be predators by flying slow and landing frequently in the open.
Owl ButterflyAn Owl Butterfly in the Butterfly Encounter. On the underside of an Owl butterfly are large "eye-spots." When the butterfly spreads its wings, the two eyes look like an owl's face. Little birds that eat butterflies get eaten by owls, so they fly away from the scary butterfly. When they open their wings, some Owl butterflies are brown in color and some are blue. Doris Longwing & Owl ButterflyA Doris Longwing butterfly perched on top of the leaf and the wings of a giant Owl butterfly underneath the leaf. Giant Owl butterflies have a wingspan of about eight inches (20 cm).
Doris LongwingThis is another Doris Longwing. This type of butterfly has 3 major color forms. This one lacks the red color of the one immediately above. Butterfly EncounterI think this may also be a Doris Longwing but I'm not a butterfly expert. If you know what any of these butterflies are, please send me an email.
JellyfishThe Moon Jellyfish tank in the Treasures of the B.C. Coast exhibit. Moon jellies have a transparent, white bell rimmed with hundreds of short tentacles. They range from the Arctic to Florida and from Alaska to southern California. Bella Bella ExhibitExhibit containing fish and invertebrates from Bella Bella, British Columbia, a town on the Inside Passage between Prince Rupert and Port Hardy.
Jiles, Grisel & JeffJiles, Grisel and Jeff at the Aquarium.

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