Sep 25, 2012: Behind the Scenes Vancouver Aquarium – Follow Up with Photos

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012

Our club, along with guests, wives and some members from the North Shore Probus Club experienced a “behind the scenes” visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, on the above date. In all, 55 people attended.

The meeting began with an address by Susan Archibald, Senior Vice- President of Operations. In her address, Susan outlined the aquarium’s goals of promotion of sustainability, public education regarding sea animals, rehabilitation of recued sea animals and encouragement of corporate and individual financial support of the aquarium.

We were then led to the new 4D theatre for a viewing of the BBC’s “The Great Salmon Run”. This showed the migration of Pacific Salmon to their spawning grounds, overcoming physical obstacles as well as predation by grizzlies. During the show, we were sprayed with mist and soap bubbles, fanned by gentle breezes and shaken lightly in our seats – all as part of the new 4D experience.

We were then split into smaller groups and escorted through the sea life exhibits and the “Wet Lab”. The wet lab permits visitors to handle less active species such as clams, mussels, sea cucumbers, sea anemones, and small crabs.

We then returned to the meeting room where we were served a lunch of soup, sandwiches, coffee and soft drinks. As well, we enjoyed birthday cake in recognition of a member’s birthday.

Many thanks to our host throughout the visit, Gillian Wallis, Event Planner, External Relations.