Ripley’s Aquarium | Toronto

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What to do in Toronto?
Aside from window shopping, watching movies, what else is there to do?
A lot of people have been talking about the newly opened aquarium in Toronto, so that was where we went!

Ripley’s Aquarium
Ticket Prices: Adult-$29.98 /Youth-$19.98 /Child-$9.98/Senior-$19.98
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m.  (these are the usual hrs, but for more info please check out their website, click here)

The aquarium looked quite big, so I was expecting a lot, and since the tickets weren’t that “friendly”, of course would expect something more and better!

The aquarium is maily divided into 4-5 sections, I’ll just briefly go through them and not become an “aquarium spoiler”

  • Canadian Waters: Life underneath the surface of the Great Lakes and Canada’s surrounding seas.
    Saw lots of lobsters, octopus, largemouth bass, eels, etc. But the wow factor there was the Pacific Kelp Exhibit! Features a wave maker, so you can actually see how fish are really like under the sea!
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  • Rainbow Reef: Tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific Region, home to over 100 species of fish.
    This section wowed me cuz of the huge tank of colourful coral leaves and fish! Was excited to see huge sea urchins…(couldn’t stop thinking about tasty uni from Japanese cuisine..sorry readers, cuz they do taste good…)
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  • Dangerous Lagoon: Sharks, Stingrays, Sea Turtles.
    Was upset didn’t get to see any green sea turtle… I guess they are harder to spot…After seeing some dangerous and vicious sharks, it’d be nice to see some friendly faces.
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  • Planet Jellies: jellies, jellies, jellies!!!
    There was a big tank with colour-changing jellies, but I don’t remember they had any explanation of why the jellies change color simultaneously! WHY~~~ someone please tell me why~~~
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  • Touch Tanks: interaction time with horseshoe crabs, bamboo sharks, and stingrays.
    I tried touching horseshoe crabs and stingrays. Stingrays were cute, they came up the surface looking for food, cuz a family was actually in the water feeding them with an instructor alongside. So funny how they flap their “wings” to splash water for attention!Image

Overall it was an educating tour, but like I said was expecting more. We went on Tuesday, so there weren’t that many people, but all the special shows and events are on Wednesdays and weekends.
p.s. coat check for $2.00/person (their policy: not responsible for lost or stolen goods. then I wonder why would I pay $2?)

Rating: ✭✭✭✩✩

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