Encounter / Sea Turtle

Sea turtle

This program takes you behind-the-scenes to meet the Vancouver Aquarium’s resident sea turtle, Schoona.

Quick info


Per adult or youth


1 adult + 1 child


Off for members

45 Minutes

Encounter duration


Participants must be 8 years of age or older


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.

Be prepared to go behind-the-scenes

You will walk on un-even, wet, slippery surfaces

Closed-toed shoes are required for your safety

Please advise us of any special needs or concerns

Booking Details

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. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Tropic zone

From anemone-dwelling clown anemonefish to sleek blacktip reef sharks, life and colour abound in this gallery.


We take safety seriously

We want you to enjoy your behind-the-scenes experience. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. No concern is too small; the more information you can provide about yourself, the better prepared we can be for your experience.



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. Please note that program availability is limited and subject to change.



Participants must be 8 years of age or older. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Youth (age 13-18) can attend without adult accompaniment but cannot substitute for an adult if there is a child participant.



Program requires participants to stand and kneel for extended periods of time, go up and down stairs, walk on wet and slippery surfaces and be above the water on an unstable dock. Closed-toed shoes are required. Please advise us of any special needs. 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.

Need a gift idea? Purchase a Vancouver Aquarium e-gift card online
for the amount of the encounter and admission to give the gift of aquatic wonder!

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