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Have A Close Encounter
With A Sea Turtle




Per Adult


1 Adult + 1 Child*

Duration: 60 minutes
All prices include GST

* Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult (minimum age for children: eight years)

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Booking office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Note: General admission is extra and will be charged upon booking.


This encounter is a Vancouver Aquarium staff favourite: go behind the scenes in the shark penthouse to participate in a sea turtle feeding session.

Up Close And Personal

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.

Up Close And Personal
What To Expect

What To Expect

You’ll go behind the scenes at the Vancouver Aquarium and enjoy a special presentation by an Aquarium interpreter, complete with displays and props, before getting busy in the Aquarists’ kitchen. Get closer as you participate in a sea turtle feeding session alongside the animal care staff right in the shark penthouse. Hear Schoona’s story as you learn more about the Aquarium's research, conservation and animal care projects.

Go Behind The Scenes

This is a rare opportunity to view our shark penthouse during your visit to meet our resident sea turtle. You’ll also see what a day is like in the life of a Vancouver Aquarium tropical biologist. Throughout this entire adventure, you’ll receive an intimate look at the many conservation and research programs and initiatives that the Aquarium is involved with, which help reduce the threats sea turtles are facing in the wild.

Go Behind the Scenes
Green Sea Turtle in the Wild

Things To Know

Sea Turtle Encounters require participants to kneel for extended periods of time, go up and down stairs and walk on wet, slippery surfaces. Closed-toed shoes are required. Please advise us of any disabilities, special needs, medical conditions or concerns you may have that could prevent you from fully participating in the program. No concern is too small; the more information you can provide about yourself, the better prepared we can be for your experience. Please note that cameras are not permitted within the habitat.

Booking Information

Our Animal Encounters fill up very quickly; contact us early to ensure your spot is reserved. Advance reservations are required and must be made at least 24 hours prior to the program. Booking office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Payment by credit card is due upon booking.

Programs are subject to change, so please ask us about the current schedule. Group size is limited.

Booking Information

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Receive Training

Enjoy a special presentation by an Aquarium interpreter, complete with props, and participate in a feeding session alongside our official Aquarium tropical biologists.

Baby Sea Turtle

Visit The Penthouse Suite

You’ll visit a unique, rarely-seen area during this Animal Encounter: the shark penthouse in the Tropic Zone. Expect to feed and get up close with our sea turtle Schoona in her special habitat.


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