Vancouver Airport’s marine community

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.


As meeters and greeters go, there’s nothing like them in the world. 100 of them, all beautiful, all welcoming, all capturing the local spirit.

As travellers climb off their planes at Vancouver International Airport they meet these 100 very special beings. But they’re not people, they’re jellyfish. Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) to be precise and they’re housed in a tank set into a wall just before the ‘Welcome to Vancouver’ signs.

That’s some welcome. In the deep blue water the creatures have an ethereal beauty, thanks to their exquisite colouring and ballet dancer-like demeanour.

 They can be found in the Pacific, on whose shores Vancouver lies, the Atlantic and the Indian oceans. And also now, thanks to the brilliant vision of an airport company determined to showcase the spirit and feel of its community, you can find them in an airport.

You can find a whole lot more here too Рa plethora of magical native Indian art, sculpture and carvings, a stream running through the new wing, bird song in the air, and more, much more.

If you want to see an airport that truly does embraces the admirable concept of A Sense of Place, beg, borrow or steal a ticket to Vancouver. You’ll not even have to leave the airport to have a unique travel experience.

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