You ask, we answer! Welcome to Deep Sea Diary’s monthly Q&A – a great way to connect with Aquarium experts as you fish for more information about all things Ripley’s.
Q: Am I able to SCUBA dive with the sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
A: Yes, you are! Our Discovery Dive program allows guests to get up close to the sawfish, sharks, turtles and fish on this 30 minute guided dive in Dangerous Lagoon. This program runs Wednesdays at 3:00pm and Sundays at 1:00pm, and can accommodate a maximum of two people per session. Participants must be at least 16 years of age and SCUBA certified. Cost is $250 per person plus tax, and reservations must be made in advance. Learn more about this experience, including how to book, here.
Our Assistant Manager of Education and Conservation, Marla, shares her experience diving with the sharks in the Dangerous Lagoon, here.
Q: How do you test the water at the Aquarium?
A: Our water quality lab is equipped with high-end scientific equipment to make certain we get accurate and precise results. Routine testing involves the use of multi-parameter meters, pH/conductivity/luminescent dissolved oxygen probes, incubators, burettes, and the pièce de résistance, a UV/Vis spectrophotometer with an added on flow thru apparatus.
With this equipment we are able to measure, and thus closely monitor, the pH, salinity, alkalinity, oxygen saturation and oxygen content, levels of nitrogenous waste products, potential heavy metal contaminants, chlorine content, phosphate levels, and bacterial growth in our exhibits. Among other important parameters. We test our water constantly as early detection enables us to correct potential issues within our exhibits before they progress to the point were they pose a threat to the well-being and health of our animals.
Learn more about our water quality lab, here.