Beluga Whale Encounter – Vancouver Aquarium

To describe what the Beluga feels like the trainers couldn’t of said it better it’s like a “cold hard boiled egg.”

I learn’t a lot about this beautiful mammal, it is a migratory whale that can be found in the arctic and the seas and coasts around North America, Russia and Greenland.

it is colloquially known as the sea canary on account of its high-pitched squeaks, squeals, clucks and whistles.

The encounter began with us being led into a small room where we were able to touch and see Beluga Whale artefacts. We also learnt how they hear and receive sounds and use their melon (fatty/oil tissue in their forehead) and got to experiment using a coat hanger and a key.. (will only make sense when you do it yourself haha).

The encounter cost $240 not including tax, but for an encounter as rare as this I think it was certainly worth it!

We were then led to get some waterproof clothing and go through safety instructions.  Now I will allow the pictures to explain the rest of the story.

So it's feeding time, and their meals are broken up into multiple during the day.

So it’s feeding time, and their meals are broken up into multiple during the day.

 

We had to weigh out 2kg of restaurant quality fish.

We had to weigh out 2kg of restaurant quality fish.

 

So the training began as we learnt the many commands Qila had and positively rewarded each good behaviour with a fishy treat!

So the training began as we learnt the many commands Qila had learnt and positively rewarded each good behaviour with a fishy treat!

 

We turned around and so did Qila it was very cute

We turned around and so did Qila it was very cute!

 

We gave the command for her to wiggle the 'Melon' on top of her head.

We gave the command for her to wiggle the ‘Melon’ on top of her head.

 

 The melon's shape is changed during the emission of sounds, so when she would 'talk' at us her forehead area would wiggle around. Very comical and cute!

The melon’s shape is changed during the emission of sounds, so when she would ‘talk’ at us her forehead area would wiggle around. Very comical and cute!

 

While being held onto tightly we out stretched our hands and waited as Qila propelled herself up into the air!

While being held onto tightly, we out stretched our hands and waited as Qila propelled herself up into the air!

 

Rewarding Qila for a good behaviour

Rewarding Qila for a good behaviour

 

Getting a good look at her tail and the veins

Getting a good look at her tail and the veins

 

Having a touch feels much different to the rest of her body thats soft and squishy

Having a touch feels much different to the rest of her body thats soft and squishy.

 

Feeling the melon on her head and giving her a nice rub

Feeling the melon on her head and giving her a nice rub

 

Say cheese!!

Say cheese!!

 

You could opt for the super super wet, which is what the girls did and they got soaked! or...

You could opt for the super super wet, which is what the girls did and they got soaked! Or…

 

The tiny squirt, that got the lady in the face hehehe!

The tiny squirt, that got the lady in the face hehehe!

 

 

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