By Karina Palmitesta
Something fishy is going on at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver on World Oceans Day (June 8). Guests of this luxury hotel might be surprised to encounter a 1.5-metre-long (5-feet-long) giant prawn on their trip across the lobby. This oversized crustacean, which debuted on World Oceans Day (June 8), marks the partnership of the hotel and its YEW restaurant + bar with Ocean Wise, a national conservation initiative spearheaded by the Vancouver Aquarium.
Next time you order seafood from a restaurant menu, look for the Ocean Wise symbol, which guarantees the seafood was caught without harming the environment.
The Four Seasons’ prawn—a large-scale art installation on display until June 27—symbolizes the dangers of overfishing. Even the smallest creatures in the ocean represent a big environmental problem if they’re harvested without enforced limits.
The Vancouver Aquarium also set up interactive aquatic animal pools in the hotel lobby on June 8. It’s likely the first time Four Seasons guests could cozy up to a live octopus while waiting for their valet service. The day ended with a lavish Ocean Wise dinner served by YEW restaurant, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Vancouver Aquarium. Twenty thousand leagues under the sea never looked so nice.