Photo credit: Vancouver Aquarium

Photo credit: Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium launched their Sharks & Rays exhibit on February 7th.  You have until April 30th to see this event.  However, let me make a recommendation: go sooner rather than later.  There is tons to see and your kids are bound to find it so fascinating you’ll be pestered for repeat visits!

The Aquarium has done a brilliant job of distributing the Sharks & Rays exhibit throughout the entire facility.  There are sharks, skates and rays EVERYWHERE!  I learned a neat fact; what is the main difference between skates and rays?  Skates give birth to fertilized eggs in an egg case; rays give birth to live young.  There are many more facts as fascinating as that one to be learned at the Aquarium’s Shark & Rays exhibit.

shark wallIf you are able to link up with a naturalist/interpreter I strongly recommend doing so.  We were guided around by Alex who was both highly entertaining and positively overflowing with fascinating knowledge.  It was he who informed me that Great White Sharks have been found in the coastal waters of BC.  I kid you not!  In fact BC is home to 14 types of sharks, skates and rays.  The 2nd largest fish – the basking shark – is found in our waters.  On average the basking shark grows to 20-26ft in length!  Fortunately these massive creatures are plankton consumers.

Photo credit: Vancouver Aquarium

Photo credit: Vancouver Aquarium

If you are able to visit the Aquarium at 2:30 on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday you can witness a shark feeding.  While the feeding wasn’t the aggressive blood-bath portrayed in movies, it was still fascinating to watch.  The part I enjoyed most was seeing the zebra shark.  It tends to hid in the back of the habitat but when food was presented the beautiful shark swam around for a considerable time.

Be sure to take your kids to see the sharks, skates & rays.  There are numerous educational displays, entertaining and informative naturalists, and spectacular animals to be seen.  It is definitely an exhibit not to miss.