Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

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Ripley's Aquarium Toronto
Journey to the depths of the ocean with Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Toronto’s newest attraction houses over 16,000 aquatic animals across nine areas. The largest exhibit is named “Dangerous Lagoon” and features a conveyor belt that slowly winds its way through the tank. Ripley’s Aquarium creates a resounding sense of awe and amazement, which is best exemplified when a giant shark swims directly above your head.

Dangerous Lagoon is gigantic and holds almost 2.5 million litres of water. Three species of shark call this tank their home, which includes: sand tiger, sandbar, and nurse. But the fun doesn’t stop there, you’ll also see plenty of sawfish, moray eel, tarpon and the ever popular sea turtle. I made three journeys through Dangerous Lagoon and each time I discovered something new!

Dangerous Lagoon
The famous conveyor belt that winds it way through “Dangerous Lagoon”.

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Almost 2.5-million litres hold countless aquatic animals.

 

Bull Shark
Up close and personal with a shark.

Taking Photographs at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada:

Aquariums represent a challenge for photographers at all skill levels. Shooting through glass in low light conditions is difficult and the constant movement of fish makes matters worse. The first step to getting awesome pictures is to visit during less crowded times. Your best chance is Monday through Friday during the morning. The aquarium gets crazy on weekends, which means fingerprint riddled glass and less room to take photos.

Remember to turn off your flash before arriving at the aquarium. You don’t want to harm the fish and even if you do use a flash, all you will get is a picture of glass. Photographers must compensate for a lack of light by increasing ISO and using post processing software to increase exposure. The constant movement of fish means you’ll also have to use a fast shutter speed and shoot in burst mode. If all goes according to plan, you’ll get some beautiful shots like these:

Jellyfish Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
The elegant movement of jellyfish is my favourite challenge to photograph in aquariums.

 

Cuttlefish Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
This cuttlefish was very photogenic.

 

Besides taking pictures, I enjoyed learning more about aquatic animals. LCD monitors can be seen throughout the building and showcase detailed information about each creature. It’s a marked improvement over basic signs and can easily be read in the dark.

Despite a large focus on tropical exhibits, there is a 17-tank gallery featuring species from across Canada. I loved being able to see fish which call the Great Lakes their home. In my opinion, every aquarium needs to have a focus on species that appear locally and Ripley’s certainly does justice to the freshwater fish of Ontario.

I had an awesome time exploring Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. It was my first visit and surely will not be the last. Remember to buy your Toronto City Pass, so you can skip the lines and save money! This pass includes the top five attractions in Toronto conveniently packaged together.

 

Some More Pictures:

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

 

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