Exhibits / Killer Whale

Chief of the

undersea world

Located just outside the entrance to the Vancouver Aquarium sits a large bronze statue by world famous artist Bill Reid. It's a rare treat to see Bill Reid's art in a public place, most of his art is in museums.


Marvel at one of Bill Reid’s largest creations

This incredible 5.5 meter tall bronze sculpture sits just outside of the Vancouver Aquarium and was created by Haida artist Bill Reid and donated by Jim and Isabel Graham in 1984. The plaque accompanying this statue reads, "Skana - The Killer Whale known by the Haida to be chief of the world beneath the sea who from his great house raised the storms of winter and brought calm to the seas of summer. He governed the mystical cycle of the salmon and was keeper of all the oceans living treasure.


Take the statue home with you

A replica of world famous Haida artist Bill Reid's sculpture is a remarkable example of West Coast Native art at its finest. Cast in solid Bronze, Skaana measures approximately 4 5/8" which includes the solid jade base.


Go behind the scenes

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.

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