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Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 28, 2002
The idea was to extend Victoria’s reputation of being a city of gardens to beneath the tide-line. Of course there are bigger and better aquariums around but for the space available this one is rather clever. Naturally the fish had to be mostly of the small species. To quote their blurb: "all manner of fish to brilliant Red Snapper, swim through the kelp forest. A school of thousands of Pacific Salmon follow their remarkable life cycle amidst the ruins of a sunken ship. Amongst ghostly gardens of white and crimson anemones, the ferocious looking wolf eel lurks and the largest species of octopus in the world glides the reef."
The largest species of octopus was clearly a baby. In a theatre it was possible to watch a diver play with the octopus and guide it out of its hiding place so that we could get a good look at it. While the diver was carrying out his performance he was speaking to the audience using some form of underwater communication device.
All good fun and an hour or so well spent. See for yourself click Undersea Gardens
From journal Victoria - city of many activities
Brooklyn, New York
November 29, 2001
Colorful sea anemones wave gently. Famous Canadian salmon, snapper, an octopus, and something like 5000 other sea creatures of all colors and sizes circulate around a sunken wreck. There is a live scuba show included in the $5 US admission, but I found the humans less interesting then the natural inhabitants of this underwater scene.
The actual purpose of The Pacific Undersea Garden is to raise money to fund seal pup recovery efforts. And it is possible to see adorable pups playing in the fenced pens at the far end of the barge that serves as the equipment storage, administrative office, and animal treatment area.
The entrance to The Pacific Undersea Gardens is around the corner of the habor from the Empress Hotel. It was open daily 9 to 5.
From journal Victoria City of Simple Pleasures