Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue

Join Sheryl Barber as she takes you on a tour of the Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. Follow this link.

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

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Sheryl Barber:

If any person sees any marine mammal that they think is in distress, it’s really important to contact us first before taking any action. We’re trained to assess the situation and determine whether that animal actually needs assistance.

My name is Sheryl, and I work with the Marine Mammal Rescue Program of the Vancouver Aquarium, and we’re here at the Vancouver Harbour at our Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

Once we’ve made a decision to rescue an animal, and we’ve brought it into our rescue centre, we begin by getting a really thorough assessment of that animal’s condition. So we examine it, and that way we can get a really good picture of what that animal might be suffering from.

In over forty years we’ve had many different species of marine mammals through our program. The most common animal that we get is the harbour seal pup, but we’ve also had sea lions, dolphins, whales, and even sea otters.

The Vancouver Aquarium is dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life. That means taking care of all animals in distress. So, if we have a harbour seal that has lost its mom or, say, an animal is injured because of something that people have done, we have a responsibility to act.

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