Over the years, there have been many popular exhibitions around the world that showcase the human anatomy in great detail by using a fascinating polymer preservation technique called plastination.
While this technique was traditionally used to explore the human body, it's now also being used to offer a unique perspective of marine life at the much anticipated Canadian premiere of Sea Monsters Revealed: The Exhibition, showcased in Vancouver at the Vancouver Aquarium through Monday, Sept. 7, 2015.
Creatures of the depths have been thought of as monsters in the past, but this exhibition gives visitors an up close and personal perspective that helps break down any myths so that they can be better understood. There are a number of specimens on display that can be explored from the inside out; you'll find a goliath grouper, a five-meter-long mako shark, a Humboldt squid and a one-meter-long ocean sunfish.
A blacktip reef shark roams the Vancouver Aquarium — Photo courtesy of Vancouver Aquarium
After you've checked out the displays, make sure to watch Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 4-D. Packed with plenty of action, this movie gives visitors a glimpse of what prehistoric waters were like 82 million years ago. Spoiler alert: it's nothing like our waters today.
Let's Get Kraken! is their new game show that uses props, costumes and animals, and guests decide if these unusual marine creatures are freaky or fabulous.
Over the next few months, there will be a series of lectures to compliment this exhibition at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, which will delight and educate. Adults can even enjoy a beer or a glass of wine, too!
Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park — Photo courtesy of Vancouver Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium has called Stanley Park home since 1951. Over the years, the aquarium has grown in size and become home to all sorts of species, large and small, from Beluga whales, porpoises, otters and penguins to monkeys, insects, reptiles and a couple of sleepy sloths. You could say that the Vancouver Aquarium has a very blended family.
The aquarium does not capture cetaceans from the wild and only accepts those that were born in an aquarium or were rescued and deemed non-releasable by an appropriate government authority. The aquarium has a number of programs that aim to help wild species and to educate the public.
Some of these programs help rescue and rehabilitate marine animals, while their Ocean Wise program is aimed to educate consumers about sustainable seafood.
While at the Vancouver Aquarium, make sure to explore the rest of Stanley Park. There are beaches, trails, a water park, gardens and a couple of restaurants to explore throughout.