Join us for ‘Hues of Blue’!

What’s your favourite colour? According to many surveys done over the decades, blue is the most popular colour in every country around the world. For humans, blue often conjures feelings of peace, and a clear blue sky makes us feel happy. If you were to refer to someone as being “true blue,” you’re referring to their loyalty and steadfastness. What does it mean to be true blue in nature?

In the animal kingdom, bright colours like blue mean exciting things, either positive or negative Bright colours can be to attract a mate and show off health & stamina to a potential suitor. Or they can be a warning, to advertise poison or distaste to potential predators. In some other cases, bright colours can also be a bluff, where the animal is pretending to be but isn’t in fact poisonous or scary. Bright colours like blue are used for communication, either to entice or warn or startle. 

Here at the Conservatory, we have a variety of blue animals that use this colour for all these kinds of reasons. We’re featuring 5 of them over the Christmas break where you can come learn more about them.

Hues of blue in nature bring lots of nuance and meaning. Colours are a primary way in which animals communicate, and the colour blue is one of the least common colour languages. Why is this? Largely in part it’s due to its complex nature to produce. For animals, it’s a tricky colour to make because it’s a trick of the light. Unlike most colours which are produced by a pigment, blue is simply refraction and reflection, light being bounced around to dazzle the eye.

So how do our Conservatory animals produce their hues of blue? Come find out and learn more about our 5 featured blue animals over the holiday break. Learn why they’re blue and what they’re trying to communicate. They’ll be here showing off their Hues of Blue from Dec 27 – Jan 7. You can even vote for your favourite blue animals in our social media contest and the winner will be revealed on January 8! * Regular Admission Fees apply.

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