A Trip to the Vancouver Aquarium

I visit the Vancouver Aquarium several times a year and always enjoy it.  They recently expanded and also have bioluminescence displays which were great to see.   A friend of mine stole (ok, borrowed) my favorite lens for my visits to the aquarium, the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR, so these are all shot with the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8.  Since everything is hand held, the VR is actually quite useful.

One of my favorite tanks showing the Pacific Sea Nettle.  I feel very relaxed after watching it for a while.
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A shrimp in the west coast exhibit.
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It was divers weekend (discount if you bring your cert card).  Lots of interesting info for divers.  Here, coast guard divers prepare to dive in the big tank next to the entrance.
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I caught the dolphin show from the underwater viewing gallery.  These animals are amazing, incredibly fast and agile.  Here, one of them makes an entrance after some acrobatics.

Part of the bioluminescence display.  Preserved deep sea fish that use lights on their body to attract prey.  Wouldn’t want to run into this guy while swimming in the ocean.
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This little guy seemed quite interested in me.
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Leopard frog taking in the rays.
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The colours on some of these frogs is just amazing.
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Not my wife’s favorite.
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Hangin’ out, looks nice and relaxed.
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You see a lot more than fish at the Vancouver Aquarium.
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Rays, another favorite.
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The Arapaima, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world.
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Looks like this guy just finished molting or is about to.  Great looking snake.
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And the rest of the images from the day.

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