Thousands of fish, invertebrates, and marine plant life are at home here in 87 tonnes of seawater contained in 17 massive aquarium habitats. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre offers visitors a chance to see the amazing diversity of the Georgia Basin, an inland sea known as the Salish Sea, from the giant Pacific octopus to microscopic plankton. Here they’ll find wolf-eels lurking in caverns, anemones, sea stars, sea cucumbers, and colourful rockfish.
The 930 square metre (10,000 square foot) intricate aquarium is home to many local marine species including the giant Pacific octopus, microscopic plankton, wolf-eels lurking in caverns, anemones, sea stars, sea cucumbers, colourful rockfish, plus many other species. The Centre’s unique design is a bridge from ‘seafloor to seashore’ inviting visitors to observe the many species as they are in their natural habitat.
The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is located in Sidney on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in the heart of the Salish Sea.