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Success Stories

The Vancouver Aquarium has been involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals for over forty years. Over the years we have rescued, rehabilitated and successfully released many animals, including harbour seals, California sea lions, Steller sea lions, elephant seals, a killer whale and a harbour porpoise. 


Springer The Orphaned Killer Whale

Springer (A73) is a female member of the A4 pod of British Columbia’s northern resident community of killer whales. In 2001, when she was just two, her mother died, leaving her an orphan. The Vancouver Aquarium was involved in her rescue, rehabilitation, and was responsible for her being reunited with her pod. 

Levi The Stranded Harbour Porpoise

Levi, a harbour porpoise, was found stranded on the shoreline of Saanich Inlet on March 26, 2013, and brought to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, as part of a collaborative rescue effort with Cetus Research and Conservation Society and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Too weak to swim on his own, Levi was placed in a specially-designed flotation sling and hand-fed nutrients while staff kept a watchful eye on the ailing animal.


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