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Where Are They Now? 

Visitors to the Ucluelet Aquarium during the summer might notice that every year there is a new cast of characters. This is because, from May until August, the Aquarium hires summer students to help us make sure someone is around to answer your nerdy marine biology questions. What happens to summer students after they leave?

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Oceans: A Workshop

Explore how oceans have influenced humanity during this lively and educational workshop, held at the Ucluelet Aquarium and hosted by North Island College. Four scientists will discuss how the ocean has served many purposes through human history, from energy to food production, and share their thoughts on how oceans have impacted our lives.

Admission is free, but space is limited. Please pre-register by calling Christine Boyer at 1-250-334-5000 ext. 4244.

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Aquarium Opening Day and Whale Fest Lectures!

March 15, 2014 marks the beginning of Whale Fest! It also marks opening day of the Ucluelet Aquarium's 2014 season! Come down from 12 - 5 and check out all the happenings. Don't forget, the Ukee Friday Night Market will be set up across the street on the Village Green from 12 - 3.

We're also hosting a handful of button events throughout Whale Fest, including multiple lectures and a beach seine! We'll be hosting talks about curious sea otters, humpback whales and marine mammal diversity. For more details, including times and dates, check out our events page

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Two young Pacific Halibut join the Ucluelet Aquarium's 2013 collection!

The 2013 season started off with a bang! Hundreds of visitors passed through the coast for the annual Pacific Rim Whale Fest. The Ucluelet Aquarium hosted a number of talks during the festival with great turnouts to each one.

We have new species this year which are 1st time collections for the Ucluelet Aquarium. Two young Pacific Halibut are roving the Ucluelet Aquarium's Great Tide Pool. The 18" and 20" specimens were donated two weeks ago by Rodney Hsu and Big Bear Salmon Charters who caught the species near Long beach.

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Everything's growing!

Barbara, the giant Pacific octopusWe've been happily busy since our grand opening and our animals (not to mention our workers) are comfortably settling into their temporary homes. Our juvenile Wolf eel (Anarrhichthys ocellatus) curiously ventures out of her barnacle den during the late afternoon in search of food, the Decorator crabs (Naxia tumida) happily place sea lettuce and fucus onto their backs in attempts to camouflage themselves against possible predators and our lovely giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) Barbara puts on quite a show chasing red rock crabs around the tank in preparation for a delicious meal.

Things are becoming so comfortable, in fact, that we are already noticing several new non-human additions to our aquarium; not only can you often find crabs clutching onto one another in a pre-mating holdfast (leading several visitors to ask the question, ‘what exactly are they doing?!), but looking through the glass in our tidepool tank reveals several Perch (kelp, shiner, and striped) that are looking a little larger in the middle than normal. Are these gals pigging out on krill?

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