By Lori Bosworth
March Break begins on Sat., March 10, 2018 and if you are trying to plan family activities for March Break in Toronto, you might want to consider a visit to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada . Ripley’s has introduced a new exhibit, Curious Creatures, just in time for March Break. You’ll have a chance to see seven new aquatic species at the aquarium including the Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Walking Batfish, Frogfish, Flashlight Fish, Sarcastic Fringehead, Giant Isopods and Goldfish and it’s all included with your general admission to Ripley’s Aquarium. Torontonicity had a sneak preview of Curious Creatures. (We’re giving away a Family Pass for 2 adults and 2 youth to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – see giveaway details below.)
Many of the species featured in Curious Creatures date back 160 million years. Curious Creatures also features artifacts and information from Robert Ripley’s worldwide explorations. For example, did you know that 1 out of every 8 Americans is from California?
Don’t miss seeing the Flashlight Fish, which glow in the dark. Native to Australia, these fish have organs under their eyes that glow as a result of millions of bioluminescent bacteria. When they are glowing, they can easily attract food, as well as throw off predators. The lights also allow them to easily communicate with each other. The Flashlight Fish are enclosed in a dark room in the Curious Creatures exhibit so that you can really see them glow.
The Sarcastic Fringehead is characterized by its large mouth and very aggressive behaviour. And no, it isn’t named “Sarcastic” for its dry sense of humour. Sarcastic in this case means “flesh tearing”.
I was fascinated by the Peacock Mantis Shrimp. These colourful crustaceans are located in the Indo-Pacific Region near coral reefs and are voracious eaters. They move at the speed of a .22 caliber bullet to catch food. This guy seemed to be watching me watch it and kept itself hidden under a piece of coral until it thought I had gone. Luckily, it reappeared and I was able to get a short video, which demonstrates the way he flips his body to easily navigate the water.
After visiting the Curious Creatures exhibit, I had to visit the Dangerous Lagoon, where sharks swim in pools while visitors walk through the glass tunnel underneath! This perspective gives you a great view of the underbelly of a shark.
I also stopped to have a look at the gorgeous jellyfish, which became a brighter pink as they swam by.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is a great choice for a family visit during March Break. Ripley’s Aquarium is located at 288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, 647-351-3474 and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Enter our giveaway to win a Family Pass to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto, value $118.50. Must be 19+.
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