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Have A Close Encounter
With A Sea Turtle




Per Adult or Youth


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). Youth (age 13-18) can attend without adult accompaniment but cannot substitute for an adult if there is a child participant.

How to Register

Days offered vary and must be booked onsite at the Guest Services Desk on the day of your visit. Capacity is limited so upon your arrival, please ask at the Guest Services desk if the program is running. Guest Services desk is located in the Teck Connections Gallery. Note: listed prices do not include General Admission. Members receive 20% off.



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

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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 Photo: Matt Simpson
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

Program requires participants to kneel for extended periods of time, go up and down stairs and be comfortable walking on wet, slippery surfaces. This program is not wheelchair accessible.  Upon registering 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. 

Closed-toed shoes are required. It is recommended that you wear comfortable pants, and bring a change of clothing as getting wet is very possible.

Please note that underwater cameras are not permitted within the animal habitat for safety reasons, but dry photography is allowed in certain Behind-the-Scenes areas.


The Sea Turtle Behind-the-Scenes Encounter is currently offered on select days, which can vary, and can only be booked in person at the Vancouver Aquarium Guest Services Desk. To contact us by phone if you have questions please call 604-659-3552 or 1-800-931-1186, or email programs@ocean.org Please note that program availability is limited and subject to change.


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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 program: 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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