How often do you get to say that you saw sharks, jellyfish, Nemo fishes and stingrays on your average Sunday? Not too often, that’s for sure. It was a little bit of planning to make it happen but it happened.
My roommate and I went home to Toronto. We prepurchased tickets for the Ripleys’s Aquarium about 3 weeks in advance (http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/). They allow you to buy tickets in advance for one hour time slots. And it is highly advisable as 3 weeks in advance many of the prime times were already sold out.
Ripley’s Aquarium is one of Toronto’s newest attractions, bringing the sea world to the urban city. Many people may not get the experience to see some of these magnificent creatures otherwise. Over 16000 sea creatures reside at Ripley’s. There was an exhibit on Canadian marine life, both in lakes and waters. I had no idea that we actually have eels in our Canadian lakes!
One of the coolest exhibits was the sea tunnel. Everyone stands on a movator and it slowly moves everyone through the exhibit. Lord knows how big this tank is, but there were about 10 tiger sharks just swimming freely beside and overhead. At one point there was a stingray that just made itself at home chilling overhead on one of the connecting translucent pipes. Fishes galore swam in every which way. It was quite an experience and very breath taking.
Another awesome exhibit was the jellyfish showcase. Ripley’s did a really cool backdrop in the tank with lights that slowly changed colors in the background. This them allowed for some beautiful neon colors to appear and the jelly fish really stood out. In a weird way the jellyfish almost looked whimsical.
Throughout the aquarium there were lots of interactive learning stations. They were mostly geared towards children. Not gonna lie though, I enjoyed some of them. Who knew that sharks could turn their stomach’s inside out and dispose of indigestible contents? There was a learning station that allowed you to stick your hand inside a fake sharks’s stomach and feel around. Unfortunately with so many people just irresponsibly dumping garbage and junk into the ocean waters, sharks end up swallowing all kinds of unnatural things such as cans, old clothing, computer parts, anchors, etc.
KNuggs and I did find Nemo. Before we entered the aquarium we made the comment that we hoped to find him. We found Nemo X 20. Dora was found too! (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266543/).
Overall the Ripley’s Aquarium was a fantastic attraction. Just make sure to pack your patience, buy tickets, and bring a camera.