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Animal Encounters

Participate in interactive sessions alongside Aquarium interpreters, biologists and trainers. You’ll be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the habitats of some of the animals at the Aquarium where you’ll help our trainers in a feeding or training session. You’ll also learn how our conservation and research programs help us better understand these animals and the threats they face in the wild. 

Members receive a 20 percent discount on all animal encounters

Looking to give a gift of an Animal Encounter? Purchase an e-gift card online and give the gift of aquatic wonder while helping to support the Aquarium’s conservation, research and education initiatives.

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Animal Encounters

 
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Dolphin Encounters

Come face to flipper with a Pacific white-sided dolphin or a false killer whale. Join us for a Dolphin Encounter program and get up close and personal with a dolphin in an interactive and hands-on training session.

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Sea Otter Encounters

In our Sea Otter Encounter, you can go behind the scenes with an Aquarium interpreter to learn more about these playful animals and get a hands-on training session with our marine mammal training team.

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Sea Lion Encounters

Take a walk on the wild side with the sea lions. Experience first-hand what it is like to work with such charismatic animals in our Steller Bay research area.

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Penguin Encounters

Accompany an Aquarium interpreter to learn more about an endangered species: the African penguin. Then, go behind-the-scenes to see the fishy side of taking care of penguins. Finally, prepare yourself to take a close look at the animals as you participate in an enrichment training session.

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Sea Turtle Encounters

Join us for a program that takes you to meet the Vancouver Aquarium’s resident sea turtle, Schoona. Guided by an Aquarium interpreter, you will start in the Animal Encounter room to hear amazing stories of this sea turtle’s rescue before heading to the Aquarists’ kitchen to make up a healthy meal. Then get ready to visit the shark penthouse to participate in Schoona’s daily feeding session.

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Stingray Encounters

Accompany an Aquarium interpreter to learn more about stingrays. You’ll visit behind-the-scenes locations including our animal food room and the stingray reserve area. Then, meet with one of our Tropical Waters Biologists to learn about animal care and feeding. As a group, participants will actively participate in an exclusive stringray feeding session and have a chance to touch the rays.


Registration is now open for Sea Otter Encounters, Sea Lion Encounters, Dolphin Encounters and Penguin Encounters scheduled until January 7, 2018.  Stingray Encounters and Sea Turtle Encounters are available on a WALK UP basis only and the days offered vary. See the links above or, upon your arrival, please visit our Guest Services Desk to see if either of those encounters are happening that day.  We are unable to pre-book the Stingray or Sea Turtle Encounters.

ENCOUNTERS ARE LIMITED AND FILL WELL AHEAD!  Contact us early to check availability.  Advance registration is required for all encounters except Stingray which is on a first come, first serve walk up basis only.

Full credit card payment is required upon booking. To contact us by phone please call 604-659-3552 or 1-800-931-1186, or email programs@ocean.org  Please note that Animal Encounter availability is extremely limited and subject to change. Not all encounters are currently being offered.

Purchase an e-gift card online to give the gift of an Animal Encounter. Visit each encounter page for pricing information.

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