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How many eggs do salmon lay? What do sharks eat? These are some of the questions we’re regularly asked—by our on-site visitors and via phone and email. We are one of the first aquariums to introduce Naturalists, who are trained to introduce you to the lives of animals, share what we learn from them and answer all the frequently asked questions that come from visiting this wonderful world of water. We’ve compiled these questions and answers as resource for anyone who is curious about the marine world and the people who work with it.

Do Fish Sleep?


Whales, dolphins and porpoises are known collectively as cetaceans. The following AquaFacts offer more in-depth information on the cetaceans that live at the Vancouver Aquarium or are studied by Aquarium researchers.



Fishes comprise a vastly diverse group of animals that range from anchovies to zebra sharks. Find out more about the lingcod, the iconic salmon, and the mysterious sharks in these AquaFacts.



Frogs have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, but now they’re rapidly disappearing. Find out more about these awesome amphibians and why they’re so important to the ecosystems they live in.




They have wings, feathers and inhabit all corners of planet Earth. Learn about how these animals live in diverse environments from the tropical rainforest to rocky coastal shores.



Invertebrates are animals without backbones, and they make up an incredibly diverse group of incredible and sometimes strange-looking creatures. They thrive in a wide variety of habitats in air, on land and in the water.



Reptiles are among the oldest living creatures on the planet; many of their ancestors were around before, during and after the age of dinosaurs. Learn more about the incredible animals that are still around today.


Otters & Pinnipeds

Sea otters are an aquatic member of the weasel family, and pinnipeds include seals, sea lions and walruses. Find out more about these charming marine mammals that share their homes with whales and fishes.



The Amazon and the Arctic are two incredibly diverse places, and they’re both undergoing rapid changes. Learn about these delicate ecosystems represented at the Aquarium and our impact on them.


The Aquarium

Since opening in 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has focused on research and conservation. Learn more about our history, where our animals come from, who works here and how we help conserve the aquatic world.



Have you ever considered a career in marine biology and marine mammal training? These highly rewarding careers will give you opportunities to work in the field and learn more about marine mammals.



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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

97 percent of all animals on Earth are invertebrates. 
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